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We found 7 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Irving, TX.

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

Dr. Yong Pak is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He works in Irving, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pak include nerve conduction studies (NCS), pain management, and electromyography (EMG). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pak honors. Before performing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Pak attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Pain Management

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

Dr. Nara Pravat is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine specialist in Dallas, TX and Irving, TX. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pravat takes. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Shivani Patel is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Carrollton, TX and Dallas, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Cristina Bartis is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Bartis's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Bartis is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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

Dr. Arif Khan sees patients in Richardson, TX and Irving, TX. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Khan average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan attended medical school at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER).

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
5605 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 220
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Robert Clark practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Irving, TX. United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clark honors. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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

Dr. Justin Thompson is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He takes United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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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.