We found 5 pain specialists who accept United Healthcare Choice near Irving, TX.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
200 N Carrier Parkway; Suite 101
Grand Prairie, TX

Dr. Jonathan Koning is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Clinical interests for Dr. Koning include pain management. Dr. Koning takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Koning is affiliated with Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Cristina Bartis practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Bartis focuses on pain management. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. 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 professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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

Dr. Nara Pravat practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine in Dallas, TX and Plano, TX. His clinical interests encompass pain management. Dr. Pravat is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. After attending the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Pravat is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
9080 Harry Hines Boulevard; Suite 110
Dallas, TX

Dr. Manuel Ramirez is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Ramirez average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramirez honors United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He accepts 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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