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

Dr. Omar Said specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Said include pain management. Dr. Said's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Delnor Hospital. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Said attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Said's 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 physiatrist and interventional pain specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ihm's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Ihm trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Ihm is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ihm 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 is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. His areas of expertise include pain management. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, Dr. Patel completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He speaks Gujarati. Dr. Patel 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 sees patients in Schaumburg, IL, Chicago, IL, and Berwyn, IL. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Mehta is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Mehta attended Rush Medical College for medical school. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts 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.
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