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We found 6 pain specialists who accept United Healthcare PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Ioannis Mihail Skaribas, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ioannis Skaribas practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Skaribas's clinical interests include back pain, musculoskeletal pain, and neck pain. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Skaribas's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Back Pain, Peripheral ... (Read more)

Dr. Uday Vasant Doctor, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uday Doctor is an interventional pain medicine specialist. He has a special interest in back pain, neck pain, and bursitis. Dr. Doctor is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Doctor has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Doctor has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Bursitis, Shoulder Problems, Back Pain, Hip Problems

Dr. Mark Frederick Brown, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2424 Holcombe; #205
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Brown is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise consist of musculoskeletal pain, pain management, and arthritis. Dr. Brown takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and a graduate of Scott and White Healthcare's residency program. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Benoy Varkey Benny, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Benoy Benny's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He studied medicine at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. In his practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, neck pain, and pain management. Dr. Benny has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Benny has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Benny is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Pain, Headache, Pain Management

Dr. Pankaj Satija, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; St 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Pankaj Satija is a medical specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Satija include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and neck pain. Dr. Satija is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Topiwala National Medical College. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Satija is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Acute Pain, Back Pain, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelle Nguyen Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michelle Dang is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dang include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and epidural steroid injection. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Dang attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dang honors.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Epidural Steroid Injection, ... (Read 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.