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

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

Dr. Brian Durkin practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), epidural steroid injection, and cancer pain. Dr. Durkin is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training 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. Basseem Onsy Asaad, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesia Stony Brook Medical Center; Anesthesiology Department
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Bassem Asaad is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patients rated Dr. Asaad highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna Medicare, and more. He attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine.

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

Dr. Minyi Tan practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Stony Brook, NY. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include anesthesia. Dr. Tan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst. She graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Tan trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for residency. She is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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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 medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Brown graduated from UMDNJ-School 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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