We found 9 pain specialists who accept Aetna HMO near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Monica E Rho, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1030 N Clark Street; 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Monica Rho sees patients in Chicago, IL. Her medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She is especially interested in joint injections and sports health. Dr. Rho's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rho accepts. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Outstanding Teacher of the Year, RIC; Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, Faculty Category, RIC; and Mentor of the Year Award, RIC. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Problems, Pregnancy, Joint Injections

Dr. Santhanam Suresh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Santhanam Suresh sees patients in Chicago, IL, Warrenville, IL, and Winfield, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Suresh include pain management and regional anesthesia. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Loyola University Hospital and John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Suresh attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Suresh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Shana Leah Margolis, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
345 E Superior Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Shana Margolis works as a rehabilitation physician and pain doctor in Chicago, IL, Elk Grove Village, IL, and Northbrook, IL. She has a special interest in joint injections and botox injection. Dr. Margolis is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Margolis attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Margolis completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. She has received the distinction of Best Resident Presentation, Critical Review of the Literature. Dr. Margolis speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Incontinence, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, Lumbar ... (Read more)

Dr. Omar A Said, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Omar Said's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Said include pain management. Dr. Said takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Said's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Delnor Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Joseph M Ihm, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
259 E Erie Street 13th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Ihm practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Ihm graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His areas of expertise include back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ihm is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Problems, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kiran Kesava Chekka, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kiran Chekka is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. His clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Chekka takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Chekka is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Amish M Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amish Patel is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. His clinical interests encompass pain management. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Patel speaks Gujarati.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Amit Bakulesh Mehta, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amit Mehta's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. In Dr. Mehta's practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Mehta accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Arpan J Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Arpan Patel practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Schaumburg, IL, Chicago, IL, and Berwyn, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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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.