We found 4 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Irving, TX.

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Dr. Jonathan Conrad Koning, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
200 N Carrier Parkway; Suite 101
Grand Prairie, TX

Dr. Jonathan Koning specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In his practice, Dr. Koning focuses on pain management. Dr. Koning's professional affiliations include Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery and Texas Health Plano. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Koning studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
1420 West Mockingbird Lane; Suite 420
Dallas, TX

Dr. Nara Pravat is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He works in Dallas, TX and Plano, TX. Dr. Pravat attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pravat include pain management. Patient ratings for Dr. Pravat average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pravat takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Plano.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Cristina Bartis specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Irving, TX. She has a special interest in pain management. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Bartis graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Bartis's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Justin Thompson is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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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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