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We found 4 pain specialists who accept WellPoint near Chicago, IL.

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. 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

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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.