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Gareth Eli Shemesh MD
Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine
1830 Franklin Street; Suite 450
Denver, CO
(303) 424-6565

Dr. Gareth Shemesh is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He works in Denver, CO, Golden, CO, and Wheat Ridge, CO. Dr. Shemesh is especially interested in general care and pain management. He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Shemesh trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. He is affiliated with Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: INTERNAL MEDICINE, PAIN MEDICINE

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
455 Sherman Street; #510
Denver, CO
(303) 377-6825; (303) 320-2548

Dr. David Theil is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Dr. Theil is professionally affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, and Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.

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Dr. Ronald Francisco Valdivieso MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO
(303) 338-4545; (303) 893-6000

Dr. Ronald Valdivieso is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Denver Health Medical Center and the University Physicians. Dr. Valdivieso accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. He is a graduate of Catholic University of Santiago of Guayaquil, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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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