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We found 8 pain specialists who accept Medicare near Dekalb, IL.

Dr. Gregory John Arnold, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Other
1 Kish Hospital Drive
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. Gregory Arnold's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Dekalb, IL. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Arnold is a graduate of New York Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Western Maryland Health System.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Kish Hospital Drive
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Houde is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Houde graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Kish Hospital Drive
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. Jeremiah Loch's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Loch takes Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Kish Hospital Drive
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. Connie Bruch-Harrison is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She graduated from Rush Medical College. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Kish Hospital Drive
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. Stephen Flaherty is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Dekalb, IL. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
626 Bethany Road
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. Satya Manam is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3319 Meadow Trail W
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. David Nowak's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
626 Bethany Road
Dekalb, IL
 

Dr. Jerry Metcalf is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Dekalb, IL. He takes Medicare insurance.

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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.