We found 6 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Irving, TX.

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Dr. Yong Tae Pak, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
2120 N. Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 100
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Yong Pak specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Pak completed a residency program at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Pak's areas of expertise consist of nerve conduction studies (NCS), pain management, and electromyography (EMG). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Pak is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Pak is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Clinical interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
4301 N. Macarthur Boulevard; #205
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Nara Pravat practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine in Dallas, TX and Irving, TX. Dr. Pravat studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
9032 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Shivani Patel is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Cristina Bartis is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Bartis average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bartis is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Bartis graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Other
1160 Hidden Ridge Drive; #137
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Arif Khan practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended medical school at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Khan is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
4301 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 101
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Justin Thompson works as a physiatrist and pain doctor in Irving, TX. Dr. Thompson studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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