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's area of specialization is interventional pain medicine. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. O'Neill include pain management. The average patient rating for Dr. O'Neill is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. O'Neill is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Palma include pain management. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Palma attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Palma's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, CPMC - St. Luke's Campus, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is open to 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 an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Savala average 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. Dr. Savala 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 honors. Dr. Savala is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Savala has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. David Smolins' specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Redwood City, CA and San Francisco, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. Dr. Smolins's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Smolins is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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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. She is especially interested in pain management. Dr. Chiang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Chiang speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is 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.
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