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Mark Kenji Yamaguchi MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
1950 Curve Crest Boulevard W; Suite 100
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-3800; (651) 430-3801

Dr. Mark Yamaguchi is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is professionally affiliated with North Memorial Health Care. Dr. Yamaguchi graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Dr. Jane Rae Wilkens MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Pain Medicine
1500 Curve Crest Boulevard W
Stillwater, MN
(651) 439-1234

Dr. Jane Wilkens' areas of specialization are pain medicine and family medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wilkens accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, Dr. Wilkens attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Wilkens is affiliated with Stillwater Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
1950 Curve Crest Boulevard W.; Suite 100
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-3800; (651) 430-3801

Dr. Louis Saeger is a Stillwater, MN physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Saeger highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Dr. Nancy Ann Henry-Socha MD, MEd
Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Interventional Pain Medicine
1701 Curve Crest Boulevard; Suite 104
Stillwater, MN
(651) 439-8807

Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha sees patients in Stillwater, MN, Oak Park Heights, MN, and Wyoming, MN. Her medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Fairview Lakes Medical Center and Twin Cities Orthopedics.

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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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