We found 4 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
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Demetrios Kaiafas is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Clearwater, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, sciatica, and trigger point injections. Dr. Kaiafas is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He is conversant in Greek. Dr. Kaiafas is professionally 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 Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 210
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edward Chen's medical specialty is anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chen takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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

Specializes in Pain Medicine
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Hanna's medical specialty is pain medicine. Dr. Hanna is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Nabil Gerges practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gerges honors.

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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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