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We found 4 pain specialists who accept Humana Bronze HMO near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Demetrios Nicholas Kaiafas, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Demetrios Kaiafas' areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine; he sees patients in Clearwater, FL. He is conversant in Greek. His areas of expertise include back pain, sciatica, and trigger point injections. Dr. Kaiafas is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Kaiafas performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaiafas honors.

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Clinical interests: Auto Injuries, Compression Fractures, Facet Injection, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Shingles, Epidural ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 210
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edward Chen practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine in Clearwater, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Chen average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. Dr. Chen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at New York Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Auto Injuries, Shingles, Trigger Point Injections, Pain Management, Back Pain, Joint Injections

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Specializes in Pain Medicine
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Hanna is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in pain medicine. Dr. Hanna is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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Dr. Nabil Saad Gerges, DO
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Nabil Gerges' specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital. Dr. Gerges is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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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.