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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
(650) 723-6238

Dr. Jane Ahn's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ahn include pain management. Dr. Ahn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for her residency. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

David F Smolins MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
363C Main Street
Redwood City, CA
(650) 306-9490

Dr. David Smolins practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Redwood City, CA and San Francisco, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smolins include pain management. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Smolins's practice is open to new patients.

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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
(650) 223-6400

Dr. Linda Cintron is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Cintron is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
(650) 723-4000

Dr. Alpana Gowda is a physiatrist and pain doctor in Stanford, CA. Dr. Gowda accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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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.