We found 4 pain specialists who accept Coventry Gold near Butler, PA.

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Dr. James Albert Craig Jr., DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
127 Oneida Valley Road; Suite 302
Butler, PA
 

Dr. James Craig is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Craig has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Passavant. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Craig takes. Dr. Craig graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Craig trained at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University.

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Dr. Anna Katherine Spitznagel, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
142 Clearview Circle
Butler, PA
 

Dr. Anna Gaines is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She works in Pittsburgh, PA, Butler, PA, and Saxonburg, PA. She is affiliated with UPMC St. Margaret and UPMC Passavant. Dr. Gaines studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Gaines completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaines accepts.

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Dr. Benedict C Woo, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
127 Oneida Valley Road; Suite 302
Butler, PA
 

Dr. Benedict Woo is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He works in Pittsburgh, PA, Butler, PA, and Mars, PA. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Woo attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Woo's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC St. Margaret and UPMC Passavant.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
325 New Castle Road
Butler, PA
 

Dr. Margaret Moon, who practices in Cranberry Township, PA and Butler, PA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moon honors. Dr. Moon studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with VA Butler Healthcare.

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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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