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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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO. The average patient rating for Dr. Dave is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dave include vertebroplasty, pain management, and acute pain. Dr. Dave is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dave honors. After completing medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. In addition to English, he speaks Indian Languages.

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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 sees patients in Creve Coeur, MO and Saint Louis, MO. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Guarino is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is especially interested in pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guarino's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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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' specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Saint Louis, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bottros include pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Bottros attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Bottros's residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is professionally 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. Charles R Schrock Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Charles Schrock is a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain specialist. His clinical interests include anesthesia. Dr. Schrock accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

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

Dr. Robert Swarm is a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Swarm include vertebroplasty, pain management, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Swarm is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Swarm average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yi include pain management. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Yi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Central South University and Peking Union Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Yi speaks Chinese.

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

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

Dr. Lesley Rao is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include vertebroplasty and pain management. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Rao graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Rao trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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's specialties are pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric pain medicine. He practices in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Aubuchon's clinical interests encompass pain management. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Aubuchon attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include 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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include pain management. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For his residency, Dr. Shah trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Mao graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mao include pain management and anesthesia. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She 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.