We found 4 pain specialists who accept Gold Compass Balanced 0 near Pasadena, TX.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Neurology
3351 Plainview Street; Suite A2
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Pappolla's areas of specialization are interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in Houston, TX and Pasadena, TX. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Pappolla's clinical interests encompass pain management. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Pappolla has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
5010 Crenshaw Road; Suite #130
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Chris Fuke practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine in Pasadena, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Fuke include pain management. Dr. Fuke is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Fuke is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fuke graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
5010 Crenshaw Road; Suite #130
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Jose Reyes sees patients in Pasadena, TX. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Reyes is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
5010 Crenshaw Road; Suite 130
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Ted Lin works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Clinical interests for Dr. Lin include pain management. Dr. Lin 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 Park Plaza Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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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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