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We found 13 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Torrance, CA.

Dr. Ripu Daman Arora, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
22910 Crenshaw Boulevard A
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Ripu Arora is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is especially interested in pain management. The average patient rating for Dr. Arora is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arora accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Guru Nanak Dev University for medical school, he completed his residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Arora's 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. Ronald Denis Farran, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Other, Neurology
23560 Madison Street; Suite 205
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Farran is a pain specialist and neurologist in Torrance, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Farran include migraine, pain management, and movement disorders. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Farran is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Kenneth Sterling Bradley, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine
4201 Torrance Boulevard; Suite 590
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Bradley is a specialist in pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bradley include migraine, depression, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Bradley is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bradley is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Depression, Headache, Migraine, Attention Deficit Disorder, Pain Management, Acupuncture Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Carl Peck, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
2808 Columbia Street
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Peck is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Peck's areas of expertise consist of pain management and spine surgery procedures. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Peck honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Fabian A Proano, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3701 Skypark Drive 260
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Fabian Proano is a Torrance, CA physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. His areas of expertise include pain management. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Proano takes. He attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Proano is affiliated with 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

Dr. Kartik Ananth, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Psychiatry
23000 Crenshaw Boulevard; Suite #100
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Kartik Ananth sees patients in Torrance, CA. His medical specialties are interventional pain medicine and psychiatry. His areas of expertise include substance abuse, anti-aging, and migraine. Dr. Ananth's professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ananth welcomes new patients. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Westchester Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Substance Abuse, Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Anti-Aging, Spine Problems, Pain ... (Read more)

Dr. Rick Chavez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Interventional Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine
510 N Prospect Avenue; #307
Redondo Beach, CA
 

Dr. Rick Chavez is a family practice physician, interventional pain specialist, and addiction medicine specialist in Redondo Beach, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Chavez speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chavez include substance abuse and pain management. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Chavez graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Substance Abuse, Pain Management

Dr. Vincent J Valdez, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3220 Sepulveda Boulevard; Suite 201
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Vincent Valdez's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Valdez attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Valdez honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include PIH Health, Lakewood Regional 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: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Pain Management

Dr. Jerrold Christopher Bustos, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
23530 Hawthorne Boulevard; 290
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Jerrold Bustos, who practices in Azusa, CA, Torrance, CA, and Irvine, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bustos include pain management. Dr. Bustos is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. David Dar-Jiun Wu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1408 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. David Wu is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Wu include pain management. Dr. Wu is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wu accepts. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Wu completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Drew Shane Cheng, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
3330 Lomita Boulevard; Anesthesia Office
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Drew Cheng works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Torrance, CA. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. Dr. Cheng is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Midhat Qidwai, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
3330 Lomita Boulevard; Anesthesia Office
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Midhat Qidwai is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Qidwai accepts. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Qidwai performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1200 Rosecrans Ave 208
Manhattan Beach, CA
 

Dr. Castoria Seymore's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Meharry 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.