We found 8 pain specialists who accept Aetna HMO near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Monica Rho is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in joint injections and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rho is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Rho 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.

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

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

Dr. Shana Margolis' specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Margolis's areas of clinical interest consist of joint injections and botox injection. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Margolis has received the following distinction: Best Resident Presentation, Critical Review of the Literature. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and St. Alexius Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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

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. The average patient rating for Dr. Ihm is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. Dr. Ihm's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ihm is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Ihm attended medical school at Rush Medical College.

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

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

Dr. Amish Patel specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Schaumburg, IL, Downers Grove, IL, and Park Ridge, IL. He speaks Gujarati. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Patel attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Omar Said works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Said's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Delnor Hospital and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Kiran Chekka is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Schaumburg, IL, Berwyn, IL, and Chicago, IL. He is especially interested in pain management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Chekka attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. Dr. Chekka honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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 is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mehta include pain management. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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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 is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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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.
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