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

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

Dr. Conor O'Neill practices interventional pain medicine in San Francisco, CA and Sacramento, CA. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, Dr. O'Neill focuses on pain management. Dr. O'Neill's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net ELECT POS. He is open to new patients. Dr. O'Neill studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. O'Neill trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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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 sees patients in San Francisco, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Palma honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Palma is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Palma is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Robert Savala is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in San Francisco, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Savala include pain management. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Savala takes. His practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. David F Smolins, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
490 Post Street; Suite 90
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Smolins is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Smolins include pain management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Yi Chiang's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. In her practice, Dr. Chiang focuses on pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chiang takes. Dr. Chiang graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Chiang is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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.