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We found 2 pain specialists who accept Medicare Advantage near Sacramento, CA.

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Dr. Navdeep Singh Nijher, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2800 L Street; Suite 500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Navdeep Nijher practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Sacramento, CA and Davis, CA. His clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Nijher is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, VA Northern California Health Care System, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Nijher is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Problems, Facet Injection, Epidural Steroid Injection, Trigger Point Therapy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
 

Dr. Barbara Fong is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Fong is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Maricopa Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF).

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What is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a specialty closely related to, but separate from, anesthesiology. Whereas anesthesiologists typically work to relieve a patient’s pain during surgery or another medical procedure, pain medicine specialists work to relieve their patients’ pain as they are out living their lives.

Pain medicine specialists treat patients who have acute or chronic pain. The pain may be a symptom of their problem (e.g. they are hurting because they were in a car accident), or the pain may be the problem itself (e.g. they are having migraine headaches). The pain specialist’s goal is to prevent pain from interfering with a patient’s quality of life.

Pain medicine specialists must have a thorough understanding of the physiology of pain, how it is caused, and what effects it has on the body. A good pain medicine specialist is able to evaluate patients who are hurting and who may not always be able to communicate their problems very well. To gain more information about their patients’ condition, pain medicine physicians can interpret specialized imaging tests. Using this information, pain medicine specialists must be able to prescribe a balanced treatment plan.

There are several treatments that pain medicine specialists may use to alleviate pain for their patients. They can prescribe medication, perform certain procedures, and refer patients to rehabilitation services. Often they will recommend multiple treatment methods to be used simultaneously. Some of these pain treatments include:
  • Implantable devices (intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator)
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Medications (Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Nerve blocks (anesthetic injected into a nerve)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Alternative medicine therapies, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and hypnosis

Being in pain takes away your enjoyment of life. It can lead to depression and stop you from engaging in even everyday activities. Because pain can’t be seen or tested for, it is sometimes overlooked by others. A pain medicine specialist works to safely restore your quality of life.