We found 5 pain specialists who accept Aetna HMO near San Francisco, CA.

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Dr. Conor William ONeill, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
2100 Webster Street; Suite 518
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Conor O'Neill is a specialist in interventional pain medicine. He works in San Francisco, CA and Sacramento, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. O'Neill include pain management. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. O'Neill honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. O'Neill completed residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. O'Neill is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Claudio A Palma, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 703
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Claudio Palma is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in San Francisco, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Palma honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Palma obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Palma welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2186 Geary Boulevard; Suite 210
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Savala is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Savala's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Savala completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Savala accepts. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Savala is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
490 Post Street; Suite 90
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Smolins practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has a special interest in pain management. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Smolins graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Smolins is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 703
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Yi Chiang, who practices in Daly City, CA and San Francisco, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in pain management. Dr. Chiang accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Chiang completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. She speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Chiang's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Chiang welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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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.
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