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1 . resultGareth Eli Shemesh MD

Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine

1830 Franklin Street, #450; #6000
Denver, CO
(303) 321-1333; (303) 424-6565

(rated an average of 5 in 2 ratings)


Dr. Gareth Shemesh is a physician who specializes in pain medicine and physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He is especially interested in pain management and general care. Dr. Shemesh's professional affiliations include Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Shemesh graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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2 . resultDavid Richard Theil MD
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

455 Sherman; Suite 510
Denver, CO
(303) 377-6825; (303) 320-2548

Dr. David Theil is a specialist in pain medicine and anesthesiology. He works in Denver, CO and Evergreen, CO. Dr. Theil accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Dr. Theil's hospital/clinic affiliations include Littleton Adventist Hospital, Rose Medical Center, and Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital.

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3 . resultRonald Francisco Valdivieso MD

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

777 Bannock Street; MC 7782
Denver, CO
(303) 436-6000; (303) 893-6000

Dr. Ronald Valdivieso is a pain specialist and anesthesiologist. He attended Catholic University of Santiago of Guayaquil, Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Valdivieso accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Denver Health Medical Center and the University Physicians.

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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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