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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

Dr. Mark Yamaguchi is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Yamaguchi has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He accepts Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Yamaguchi is professionally affiliated with North Memorial Health Care.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Louis Saeger is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Stillwater, MN. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He has a special interest in pain management.

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Clinical interests: Pain Managemnt

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
1950 Northwestern Avenue; Suite 102
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-3800; (651) 232-3111

Dr. Daniel Sipple works as a rehabilitation physician and pain specialist in Stillwater, MN and Maplewood, MN. Dr. Sipple is professionally affiliated with HealthEast St. John's Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, and Parker Adventist Hospital. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He accepts 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.