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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

1950 Curve Crest Boulevard; Suite 100
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-3800

Dr. Mark Yamaguchi specializes in pain medicine and anesthesiology and practices in Mankato, MN, Burnsville, MN, and Stillwater, MN. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Yamaguchi honors Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Fairview Northland Medical Center, Fairview Ridges Hospital, and Regions Hospital.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Pain Medicine

1500 Curve Crest Boulevard W
Stillwater, MN
(651) 439-1234

(Average of 5 in 3 ratings)

Dr. Jane Wilkins is a Stillwater, MN physician who specializes in pain medicine and family medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wilkins's hospital/clinic affiliations include Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Regions Hospital, and Stillwater Medical Group. She accepts Medicare insurance. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Wilkins is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and a graduate of St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center's residency program.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

1950 Curve Crest Boulevard W; #100
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-3800

(Average of 4.2 in 6 ratings)

Dr. Louis Saeger is a pain medicine and anesthesiology specialist. He is professionally affiliated with HealthEast Care System. Dr. Saeger is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine

927 W Churchill Street; #W
Stillwater, MN
(651) 439-5330

(Average of 2.5 in 2 ratings)

Dr. Stephen Endres is an interventional pain specialist and anesthesiologist. Dr. Endres accepts Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine

927 Churchill Street W
Stillwater, MN
(651) 439-5330

Dr. Mark Schlimgen practices interventional pain medicine and anesthesiology. He honors Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

5803 Neal Avenue N
Oak Park Heights, MN

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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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