We found 10 pain specialists who accept HealthLink HMO near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Bakul Ramakant Dave, MS, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Bakul Dave's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO. In addition to English, he speaks Indian Languages. He has a special interest in vertebroplasty, pain management, and acute pain. Dr. Dave's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He obtained his medical school training at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Dave's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Acute Pain, Acupuncture Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Herbert Guarino, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Anthony Guarino practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Guarino include pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Guarino graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Guarino trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for residency. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Nerve Block, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Spine Problems, Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Michael Magdy Bottros, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Michael Bottros is a Saint Louis, MO physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Bottros graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bottros trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Bottros focuses on pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. Dr. Bottros is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Acute Pain

Dr. Robert A Swarm, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Swarm is a physician who specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Swarm's education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has indicated that his clinical interests include vertebroplasty, pain management, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Swarm is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Cancer, Acute Pain, Vertebroplasty, Cancer Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Xiaobin Yi, MBA, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry & Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview; Place Suite14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Xiaobin Yi is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. Dr. Yi has a special interest in pain management. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He graduated from Central South University and Peking Union Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Dr. Charles R Schrock Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Charles Schrock specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schrock include anesthesia. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schrock graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

Dr. Lesley Kathryn Rao, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lesley Rao is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. She is especially interested in vertebroplasty and pain management. Dr. Rao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord Stimulation, Vertebroplasty, Cancer Pain, Radiofrequency Ablation, Pain Management

Dr. Jacob Daniel Aubuchon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatric Pain Medicine
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jacob Aubuchon specializes in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric pain medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Aubuchon's training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is especially interested in pain management. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aubuchon is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Rajiv K Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Rajiv Shah practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include pain management. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Shah attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tanying Mao, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Tanying Mao works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Saint Louis, MO. Her clinical interests encompass pain management and anesthesia. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mao graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Mao is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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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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