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

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 received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in back pain, neck pain, and bursitis. Dr. Doctor is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Doctor takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Ioannis Skaribas' areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine; he sees patients in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Patients rated Dr. Skaribas highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, musculoskeletal pain, and neck pain. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Skaribas is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His 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. Mark Frederick Brown, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2424 Holcombe; #205
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Brown's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include 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 attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scott and White Healthcare. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Benoy Benny's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. His areas of expertise consist of back pain, neck pain, and pain management. Dr. Benny is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Benny's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Benny accepts. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Benny is open to 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 specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Satija average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and neck pain. Dr. Satija is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Satija honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Topiwala National Medical College.

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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 an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Dang include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and epidural steroid injection. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Patient ratings for Dr. Dang average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dang is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice.

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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.