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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's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shemesh takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
102 Irving Street

Dr. Arthur Deluigi is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. He is especially interested in pain management and sports health. Dr. Deluigi is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has an open panel. Dr. Deluigi attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Sports Medicine, Physiatry, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2045 Franklin Street
Denver, CO
(303) 338-4545

Dr. Ronald Valdivieso's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. His education and training includes medical school at International and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Valdivieso accepts Medicaid insurance. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Denver Health Medical Center.

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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.