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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 works as a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Chicago, IL, Warrenville, IL, and Winfield, IL. He attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Loyola University Hospital and John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. His areas of expertise include pain management and regional anesthesia. Dr. Suresh honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Suresh has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He 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. Dr. Suresh has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Pain Management

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

Dr. Kiran Chekka works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Schaumburg, IL, Berwyn, IL, and Chicago, IL. In his practice, Dr. Chekka focuses on pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Dr. Chekka graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Chekka completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Schaumburg, IL, Geneva, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. Dr. Said's clinical interests encompass pain management. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Said has an open panel.

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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 medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Patel is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's residency program. His clinical interests encompass pain management. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Gujarati. He is 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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Schaumburg, IL, Chicago, IL, and Berwyn, IL. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Mehta focuses on pain management. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Mehta 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 is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include pain management. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency 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

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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.