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We found 3 interventional pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Long Beach, CA.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA
(562) 826-8000; (562) 789-5466

Dr. Rostam Khoshsar is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Long Beach, CA and Whittier, CA. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In addition to English, Dr. Khoshsar speaks Persian. He is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Kais I Alsharif MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
2888 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 210
Long Beach, CA
(562) 426-7246; (714) 635-7246

Dr. Kais Alsharif's area of specialization is interventional pain medicine. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Alsharif completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Alsharif (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Alsharif is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Interventional Pain Medicine
2840 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 465
Long Beach, CA
(562) 595-0790

Dr. Philip Chiou's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chiou is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Chiou speaks Mandarin.

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What is Interventional Pain Medicine?

Interventional pain medicine is a specialty that is devoted to the management of pain through medical procedures, without the routine use of prescription medications. Usually practiced by anesthesiologists or pain medicine specialists, this subspecialty has had a marked increase in demand in recent years, as the illegal abuse of narcotic painkillers has become a nation-wide problem.

Interventional pain medicine physicians must be adept at diagnosing their patients. Until they can accurately pinpoint the source of the pain, it can be difficult to treat it effectively. In some cases, the pain has an obvious cause, such as the hurt experienced when healing after surgery or when dealing with some cancers. In other cases, there is no obvious problem causing the pain, and the pain itself is the issue. This can be the case with chronic lower back pain, migraines, neuropathies, and other disorders.

There are many treatment options that interventional pain medicine doctors might use to ease a patient’s pain, ranging from non-invasive to minimally invasive. Some of these treatments are:
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidurals
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet injections, which are injections of small amounts of anesthetic into the joints of the spine
  • Radiofrequency denervation, or the use of radio waves to stop painful nerves from firing
  • Spinal cord stimulation, or the use of electrical currents along the spine to interfere with the transmission of pain signals
  • Implanted intrathecal or epidural injection drug delivery systems

Reducing pain doesn’t just help you feel better -- it allows you to become more active and increases your ability to heal. The goal of interventional pain medicine is to help people who are hurting to get back to working, playing, sleeping, and enjoying their life fully.