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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 works as a physiatrist and pain specialist. Dr. Rho's clinical interests encompass joint injections and sports health. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She has received the following distinctions: 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's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She welcomes new patients.

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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 practices pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine in Chicago, IL, Warrenville, IL, and Winfield, IL. His clinical interests encompass pain management and regional anesthesia. 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. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is not accepting new patients at this time. He attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Loyola University Hospital and John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Dr. Suresh has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Suresh speaks Tamil.

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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' medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Margolis's clinical interests encompass joint injections and botox injection. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Margolis has received the distinction of Best Resident Presentation, Critical Review of the Literature. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Incontinence, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, Lumbar ... (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. Clinical interests for Dr. Chekka include pain management. Dr. Chekka is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Chekka 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 works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Schaumburg, IL, Geneva, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. Dr. Said's areas of expertise include pain management. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Said's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a rehabilitation physician and interventional pain specialist. These areas are among Dr. Ihm's clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He graduated from Rush Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for his residency. Dr. Ihm's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include pain management. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Patel speaks Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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; he sees patients in Schaumburg, IL, Chicago, IL, and Berwyn, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Mehta is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mehta is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. In his practice, Dr. Patel focuses on 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, TRICARE, and more. He is 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.