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We found 5 pain specialists who accept Coventry Bronze $15 Copay OAHMO near Altoona, PA.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
514 E. Pleasant Valley Boulevard; Suite 3
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Ciceron Opida is a physician who specializes in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Opida's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school and subsequently trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
620 Howard Avenue
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. John Johnson is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. The average patient rating for Dr. Johnson is 2.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnson takes. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1402 9th Avenue
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Paul Resnik sees patients in Altoona, PA and Hollidaysburg, PA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal surgery. He is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Resnik attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for residency. Dr. Resnik takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dr. Michael James Drass, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1402 9th Avenue
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Michael Drass is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Drass's residency was performed at York Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3109 Fairway Drive
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Ranieri's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Altoona, PA and Scranton, PA. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ranieri is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Kentucky College of 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.