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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 works as a pain doctor and neurologist in Torrance, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Farran include migraine, pain management, and movement disorders. He honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Farran graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Farran'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: 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 sees patients in Torrance, CA and San Pedro, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University and then he performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Arora focuses on pain management. Patients gave Dr. Arora an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. 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. He welcomes 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's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at Rush Medical College. His medical residency was performed at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In his practice, Dr. Nguyen focuses on pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen takes. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Nguyen welcomes new patients.

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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 and practices in Torrance, CA. Dr. Peck's clinical interests encompass pain management and spine surgery procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Peck average 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Peck's hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He welcomes 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 a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Proano include pain management. Dr. Proano is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Proano's education and training includes medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has an open panel.

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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 practices interventional pain medicine. His clinical interests include acupressure, substance abuse, and anti-aging. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Weitzman attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Dr. Weitzman speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. His 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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Azusa, CA, Torrance, CA, and Irvine, CA. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bustos attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bustos completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. David Cho practices anesthesiology, pain medicine, and psychology. He is especially interested in pain management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Cho takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cheng trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

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

Dr. Maurice Gross is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist in San Pedro, CA. Dr. Gross honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance. He studied medicine at Meharry Medical College.

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

Dr. Midhat Qidwai is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in San Pedro, CA and Torrance, CA. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Qidwai's education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Ricardo Aguirre is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aguirre graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. 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 anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as 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's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He practices in Torrance, CA. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. He is in-network for 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.