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We found 10 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 specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine and practices in Chicago, IL. She is especially interested in joint injections and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rho graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Outstanding Teacher of the Year, RIC; Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, Faculty Category, RIC; and Mentor of the Year Award, RIC. Dr. Rho 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's areas of specialization are pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. These areas are among Dr. Suresh's clinical interests: pain management and regional anesthesia. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at Loyola University Hospital and John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Suresh has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Pain Management

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

Dr. Joseph Ihm is a physiatrist and interventional pain specialist in Chicago, IL. Patient ratings for Dr. Ihm average 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Ihm's clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ihm takes. Dr. Ihm's education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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

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. In her practice, Dr. Margolis focuses on joint injections and botox injection. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Margolis attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Margolis has received the following distinction: Best Resident Presentation, Critical Review of the Literature. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Margolis welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Joel M Press, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
1030 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joel Press is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine specialist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Press's practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, sports health, and spine problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Press takes. Dr. Press graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Press include: Dr. Michael DeSilva Memorial Lecture. Medical Association of Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica.; Chicago Super Doctors; and Dr. Michael DeSilva Memorial Lecture. Medical Association of Jamaica. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Hospital for Special Surgery. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Back Pain

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

Dr. Kiran Chekka's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Schaumburg, IL, Berwyn, IL, and Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise include pain management. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chekka graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Chekka's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Schaumburg, IL, Geneva, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. Dr. Said is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Said's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Delnor Hospital.

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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, who practices in Schaumburg, IL, Downers Grove, IL, and Park Ridge, IL, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Patel is conversant in Gujarati. He is especially interested in pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more.

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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 works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Schaumburg, IL, Chicago, IL, and Berwyn, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mehta include pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Mehta performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Schaumburg, IL, Chicago, IL, and Berwyn, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include pain management. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Dr. Patel is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more.

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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.