We found 5 pain specialists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Saint Paul, MN.

Dr. Munish Loomba, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
401 Phalen Blvd - Ms 41104f; Healthpartners Specialty Center 401
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Munish Loomba's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Drexel University and a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Loomba takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Loomba (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Loomba is affiliated with HealthPartners Specialty Center and Regions Hospital.

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Dr. Alfred Levi Clavel Jr., MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
640 Jackson Street
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Alfred Clavel's specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He practices in Minneapolis, MN, Saint Paul, MN, and Plymouth, MN. On average, patients gave Dr. Clavel a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Clavel is affiliated with Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics.

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Dr. Andrew Lee Schakel, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
640 Jackson Street
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Andrew Schakel's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He practices in Minneapolis, MN and Saint Paul, MN. He is professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics. He attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for residency. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schakel takes.

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Dr. Peter Alan Stiles, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
640 Jackson Street
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Peter Stiles practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Stiles completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics.

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Dr. Isaac Thomas Marsolek, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
640 Jackson Street
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Isaac Marsolek's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Marsolek is professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for residency. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.