We found 4 pain specialists who accept United Healthcare Plans near Stony Brook, NY.

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Dr. Basseem Onsy Asaad, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesia Stony Brook Medical Center; Anesthesiology Department
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Bassem Asaad's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Asaad is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in anesthesia. Dr. Asaad is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Asaad attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

Dr. Brian Thomas Durkin, DO
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; Hsc L4-060
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Brian Durkin is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in East Setauket, NY, Stony Brook, NY, and Port Jefferson, NY. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), epidural steroid injection, and cancer pain. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durkin honors. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Epidural Steroid Injection, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Acute Pain, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Minyi Tan, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3 Edmund Pellegrino Road; 2nd. Floor
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Minyi Tan specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese. Her areas of expertise include anesthesia. Dr. Tan graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Tan's medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

Dr. Samuel Pearce Brown, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
70 N Country Road; Suite 203
Port Jefferson, NY

Dr. Samuel Brown is a rehabilitation physician and pain specialist. He graduated from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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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