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

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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 practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine in Chicago, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Ihm is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Ihm's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Amish M Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL

Dr. Amish Patel's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has a special interest in pain management. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Patel's education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Patel is conversant in Gujarati. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Mehta is a graduate of Rush Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. On average, patients gave Dr. Mehta a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehta honors. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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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 medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Said attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His areas of expertise include pain management. Dr. Said is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Delnor Hospital and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Said's practice is open to new patients.

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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.
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