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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. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, musculoskeletal pain, and neck pain. Dr. Skaribas accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Skaribas completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Skaribas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting 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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in interventional pain medicine. His areas of expertise include back pain, neck pain, and bursitis. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Doctor graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Doctor has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Brown include musculoskeletal pain, pain management, and arthritis. Dr. Brown is in-network for 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

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

Dr. Benoy Benny is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Benny's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Benny include back pain, neck pain, and pain management. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Benny honors. Dr. Benny's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars.

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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 specializes in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and neck pain. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Satija studied medicine at Topiwala National Medical College. Dr. Satija has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Satija accepts. He has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and epidural steroid injection. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dang takes. Dr. Dang attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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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.