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We found 5 pain specialists near Christiansburg, VA.

Dr. Tejal Prakash Ashish Raju, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
80 College Street; Suite E
Christiansburg, VA
 

Dr. Tejal Raju is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Her clinical interests include pain management. She takes Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Raju performed her residency at Cooper University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Raju is professionally affiliated with LewisGale Medical Center and Carilion Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Michael Darrell Goodrich, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2900 Lamb Circle; Suite 340
Christiansburg, VA
 

Dr. Michael Goodrich is a specialist in pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Goodrich (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. He is especially interested in pain management. Dr. Goodrich is professionally affiliated with Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. Dr. Goodrich obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Jey-Dea Dea Chung, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Critical Care
2900 Lamb Circle; Suite 340
Christiansburg, VA
 

Dr. Jey-Dea Chung works as an anesthesiologist, pain doctor, and critical care specialist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid. Before completing his residency at Misericordia Hospital, New York, Dr. Chung attended medical school at Chung Shan Medical University. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2900 Lamb Circle; Suite 340
Christiansburg, VA
 

Dr. Kendrick Lee is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. He graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
3706 S Main Street; Suite A
Blacksburg, VA
 

Dr. Richard Wilson's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Wilson at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. He is a graduate of Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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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.