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1 . resultMark Kenji Yamaguchi MD
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

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

Dr. Mark Yamaguchi sees patients in Mankato, MN, Burnsville, MN, and Stillwater, MN. His medical specialties are pain medicine and anesthesiology. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Yamaguchi's education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional affiliations include Fairview Northland Medical Center, Fairview Ridges Hospital, and Allina Hospitals & Clinics.

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2 . resultDr. Louis Carl Saeger MD
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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

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

(rated an average of 4.2 in 6 ratings)

Dr. Louis Saeger is a pain specialist and anesthesiologist in Stillwater, MN. He is professionally affiliated with HealthEast Care System. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Saeger average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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3 . resultDr. Jane Rae Wilkens (Wilkins) MD
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Specializes in Family Medicine, Pain Medicine

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

(rated an average of 5 in 3 ratings)

Dr. Jane Wilkins practices pain medicine and family medicine in Stillwater, MN. On average, patients gave Dr. Wilkins a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She trained at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center for residency. Dr. Wilkins is professionally affiliated with HealthEast St. Joseph's Hospital, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, and Regions Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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4 . resultDr. Mark Robert Schlimgen MD
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine

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

Dr. Mark Schlimgen specializes in interventional pain medicine and anesthesiology. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

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5 . resultStephen Thomas Knuff DO
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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

1950 Curve Crest Boulevard W; Suite 100
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-3800; (651) 653-4061

Dr. Stephen Knuff specializes in general practice and physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Knuff attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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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