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Mark Kenji Yamaguchi MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-3800; (651) 430-3801

Dr. Mark Yamaguchi is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Stillwater, MN, Robbinsdale, MN, and Burnsville, MN. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Yamaguchi is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with North Memorial Health Care.

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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 specializes in pain medicine and family medicine and practices in Stillwater, MN. Dr. Wilkens's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Wilkens's medical residency was performed at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center. She is affiliated with Stillwater Medical Group. She is accepting 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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Stillwater, MN. Dr. Saeger is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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Dr. Nancy Ann Henry-Socha MD, MEd
Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Interventional Pain Medicine
5803 Neal Avenue N
Stillwater, MN
(651) 439-8807

Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine specialist. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. She is professionally affiliated with Fairview Lakes Medical Center.

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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.