We found 5 pain specialists who accept Aetna Medicare near Sugar Land, TX.

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Dr. Charles Arthur Iii Popeney III, MD, DO
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Charles Popeney practices pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Popeney include back pain, tremors, and myasthenia gravis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Popeney is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Tremors, Epilepsy, Back ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pain Medicine, Obstetric Anesthesiology
3519 Town Ctr Boulevard S; Suite B
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Ravi Tamerisa sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Ravi Tamerisa's medical specialties are pain medicine and obstetric anesthesiology. Dr. Tamerisa attended Osmania University, Guntur Medical College, and Andhra Medical College and then went on to complete Dr. Tamerisa's residency at Norwalk Hospital, Albany Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tamerisa include pain management. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tamerisa takes. Dr. Tamerisa (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Tamerisa's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Abraham G Thomas, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 375
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Abraham Thomas is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In Dr. Thomas's practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, neck pain, and pain management. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Thomas is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Neck Pain, Anesthesia, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Acute Pain, Back Pain

Specializes in Pain Medicine, Obstetric Anesthesiology
3519 Town Center Boulevard
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Veena Basava specializes in pain medicine and obstetric anesthesiology and practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Basava include pain management. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Basava accepts. She attended Guntur Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
15591 Creek Bend Drive; Suite 100
Sugar Land, TX

Dr. Karan Madan works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Sugar Land, TX and Katy, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Madan has a closed panel. He obtained his medical school training at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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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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