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We found 14 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield PPO near San Pedro, CA.

Dr. Ronald Denis Farran, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Other, Neurology
23560 Madison Street; Suite 205
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Farran, who practices in Torrance, CA, is a medical specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of migraine, pain management, and movement disorders. Dr. Farran is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Farran is accepting new patients. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Farran trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Migraine, Movement Disorders, Pain Management

Dr. Ripu Daman Arora, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1294 W. 6th Street; Suite 202
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Ripu Arora's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Torrance, CA and San Pedro, CA. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include pain management. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Before performing his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Arora attended Guru Nanak Dev University for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Arora average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arora is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Arora's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Bao Thai Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
3111 Lomita Boulevard
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Bao Nguyen is a rehabilitation physician and pain specialist in Hermosa Beach, CA and Torrance, CA. His clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Nguyen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, he performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Joseph Carl Peck, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
23600 Telo Avenue; Suite 180
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Peck specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Peck attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Peck include pain management and spine surgery procedures. Patients gave Dr. Peck an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Peck's professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management, Spine Surgery Procedures

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3701 Skypark Drive 260
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Fabian Proano is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Proano attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include pain management. Patient ratings for Dr. Proano average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Proano is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
2557 Pacific Coast Highway; Suite A
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Adam Weitzman is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests include acupressure, substance abuse, and anti-aging. Dr. Weitzman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Dr. Weitzman's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Nutrition Issues, Substance Abuse, Holistic Approaches, Acupressure, Massage, Osteopathic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
23530 Hawthorne Boulevard; 290
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Jerrold Bustos' specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Azusa, CA, Torrance, CA, and Irvine, CA. Dr. Bustos is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Bustos attended Ross University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Psychology
25550 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 210
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. David Cho works as an anesthesiologist, pain doctor, and psychologist in Torrance, CA and Long Beach, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Cho include pain management. Dr. Cho is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
3330 Lomita Boulevard
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Drew Cheng practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cheng trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. Dr. Cheng takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Maurice Gross, who practices in San Pedro, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance. He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Midhat Qidwai's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Qidwai is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Ricardo Aguirre is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Dr. Aguirre studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aguirre takes. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Denise Brathwaite is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brathwaite studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
23441 Madison Street; #115
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Martin Flynn is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Flynn graduated from Rush Medical College. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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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.