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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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Robbinsdale, MN, Stillwater, MN, and Burnsville, MN. His areas of expertise include pain management. He is professionally affiliated with North Memorial Health Care. Dr. Yamaguchi takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Yamaguchi graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Stillwater, MN and Edina, MN. He has a special interest in pain management. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Saeger graduated from 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's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Sipple is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition.

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

Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Henry-Socha's professional affiliations include Essentia Health and Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Henry-Socha attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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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.