We found 5 pain specialists who accept Humana Bronze HMO near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Demetrios Nicholas Kaiafas, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
402 Jeffords Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Demetrios Kaiafas is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kaiafas include back pain, sciatica, and trigger point injections. Dr. Kaiafas's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. Dr. Kaiafas is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
13117 66th Street
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ihab Labatia is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and spinal cord injury medicine. Dr. Labatia is a graduate of Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Nabil Gerges is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Clearwater, FL. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Gerges is affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital.

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Dr. Ashraf Hanna
Specializes in Pain Medicine
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Hanna specializes in pain medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Hanna is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hanna accepts.

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

Dr. Edward Chen is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. Dr. Chen attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York Hospital for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chen include back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen honors.

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

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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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