We found 4 pain specialists who accept Aetna Medicare near Sugar Land, TX.

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

Dr. Charles Popeney specializes in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Clinical interests for Dr. Popeney include back pain, tremors, and myasthenia gravis. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Popeney is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Karan Madan is a specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He works in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX. His clinical interests encompass pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Madan is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and a graduate of Brigham and Women's Hospital's residency program. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Abraham Thomas, who practices in Bellaire, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in vascular neurology and interventional pain medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, neck pain, and pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Thomas studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. On average, patients gave Dr. Thomas a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is accepting 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's specialties are pain medicine and obstetric anesthesiology. She practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Before performing her residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Basava attended Guntur Medical College for medical school. In her practice, Dr. Basava focuses on pain management. Dr. Basava accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, 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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