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We found 8 pain specialists who accept United Healthcare Catastrophic near Melbourne, FL.

Dr. Brian Christopher Dowdell, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
308 S Harbor City Boulevard; Suite A
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Brian Dowdell's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Dowdell average 2.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Orlando Health. Dr. Dowdell honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Dowdell is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
401 N Wickham Road; Suite S
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Jay Olsson is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Olsson attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Patients gave Dr. Olsson an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
308 S Harbor City Boulevard; Suite A
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. George Arcos is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2222 S Harbor City Boulevard; Suite 610
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. John Sassano is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sassano attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
307 E New Haven Avenue
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Nancy Layton is a Melbourne, FL physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Layton takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1696-b West Hibiscus Boulevard
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Stern works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Stern average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1304 Oak Street
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. John Harrington specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Harrington attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
205 E Nasa Boulevard
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. William Stephens' areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.