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We found 4 pain specialists near Stillwater, MN.

Dr. Mark Kenji Yamaguchi, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1950 Curve Crest Boulevard W; Suite 100
Stillwater, MN
 

Dr. Mark Yamaguchi is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Robbinsdale, MN, Stillwater, MN, and Burnsville, MN. Dr. Yamaguchi studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in pain management. He takes Medicare insurance. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Yamaguchi is affiliated with North Memorial Health Care.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1950 Curve Crest Boulevard W.; Suite 100
Stillwater, MN
 

Dr. Louis Saeger's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Stillwater, MN and Edina, MN. Dr. Saeger's clinical interests include pain management. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1950 Northwestern Avenue; Suite 102
Stillwater, MN
 

Dr. Daniel Sipple is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He accepts Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sipple has received the following distinction: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition. He is professionally affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, and Swedish Medical Center.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
1701 Curve Crest Boulevard; Suite 104
Stillwater, MN
 

Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. She works in Brainerd, MN, Oak Park Heights, MN, and Stillwater, MN. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Essentia Health and Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO). She attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency.

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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.