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

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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. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in pain management. Dr. Arora takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Arora's education and training includes medical school at Guru Nanak Dev University and residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks 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 is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Ronald Farran's areas of specialization are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Farran's areas of expertise include the following: migraine, pain management, and movement disorders. He honors Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Farran's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Bao Nguyen's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Nguyen is especially interested in pain management. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Fabian Proano is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Torrance, CA. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Proano's clinical interests include pain management. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. After attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Proano accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He practices in Torrance, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Peck include pain management and spine surgery procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Peck average 2.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peck accepts. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Peck trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Peck's hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Adam M Weitzman, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
2557 Pacific Coast Highway; Suite A
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Adam Weitzman specializes in interventional pain medicine. Dr. Weitzman's areas of expertise include acupressure, substance abuse, and anti-aging. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Weitzman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cho include pain management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Cho attended medical school at New York Medical College.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Drew Cheng practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine in Torrance, CA. Dr. Cheng's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Jerrold Bustos specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bustos honors.

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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. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Qidwai is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Maurice Gross works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in San Pedro, CA. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Gross graduated from Meharry Medical College.

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

Dr. Ricardo Aguirre practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aguirre speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Denise Brathwaite practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Brathwaite accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She is a graduate of 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 accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College.

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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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