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We found 4 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near Ventura, CA.

Dr. Jane C Ahn, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive; Room A408
Stanford, CA

Dr. Jane Ahn's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She practices in Tustin, CA, Stanford, CA, and Irvine, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahn include pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahn takes. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. David F Smolins, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
363c Main Street
Redwood City, CA

Dr. David Smolins' specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Redwood City, CA and San Francisco, CA. Dr. Smolins's clinical interests encompass pain management. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He 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

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
825 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Linda Cintron practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cintron takes. Dr. Cintron attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Other
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA

Dr. Alpana Gowda is a Stanford, CA physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Gowda accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan.

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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.