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 an interventional pain medicine specialist in San Francisco, CA and Sacramento, CA. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. O'Neill include pain management. 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 an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. O'Neill's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. O'Neill attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He is conversant in 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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Palma's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Palma attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Robert Savala's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Savala has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Savala speaks Spanish. Dr. Savala is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He has an open panel.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Redwood City, CA and San Francisco, CA. Dr. Smolins has a special interest in pain management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smolins honors. Dr. Smolins is accepting new patients. He 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).

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Yi Chiang specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Daly City, CA and San Francisco, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Chiang include pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chiang honors. She obtained her medical school training at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Chiang is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is accepting 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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