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

Joseph M Ihm MD
Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Interventional Pain Medicine
259 E. Erie; Lavin 13th Floor
Chicago, IL
(312) 695-6800; (312) 238-1000

Dr. Joseph Ihm is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. Dr. Ihm trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. His clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. The average patient rating for Dr. Ihm is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ihm's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Arthritis and Joint Conditions, Avascular Necrosis, Back Injury, Back Injury/Pain, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amish M Patel MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
(847) 519-4701; (708) 783-7071

Dr. Amish Patel's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include pain management. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Patel is conversant in Gujarati. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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
(847) 942-5994; (630) 208-4060

Dr. Omar Said is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Dr. Said's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Said accepts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Delnor Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Amit Bakulesh Mehta MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
(847) 519-4701; (312) 274-9573

Dr. Amit Mehta practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mehta include pain management. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Mehta attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Mehta average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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.