We found 6 pain specialists who accept HFN EPO near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Santhanam Suresh specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of pain management and regional anesthesia. Dr. Suresh is in-network for 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. In addition to English, Dr. Suresh speaks Tamil. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, Dr. Suresh is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Pain Management

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

Dr. Omar Said's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Schaumburg, IL, Geneva, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He trained at Rush University Medical Center for his residency. In his practice, Dr. Said focuses on pain management. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Said is accepting new patients.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Schaumburg, IL, Berwyn, IL, and Chicago, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Chekka studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Chekka trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He 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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Schaumburg, IL, Downers Grove, IL, and Park Ridge, IL. Dr. Patel has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. Before completing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He is conversant in 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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. In his practice, Dr. Mehta focuses on pain management. Dr. Mehta has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehta takes. Dr. Mehta is professionally 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 his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE.

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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.