We found 12 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Fullerton, CA.

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Dr. Fred E Nowroozi, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1501 N Placentia Avenue
Placentia, CA
 

Dr. Fred Nowroozi, who practices in Placentia, CA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He has a special interest in spinal pain, headache, and musculoskeletal problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nowroozi honors. Dr. Nowroozi's education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Nowroozi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). Dr. Nowroozi is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Spinal Pain, Chronic Pain Management, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Pain ... (Read more)

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3033 W Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Bich Dang is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Anaheim, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Dang studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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Dr. Carl A Hess, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
270 Laguna Road; Suite 220
Fullerton, CA
 

Dr. Carl Hess, who practices in Fullerton, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hess's areas of expertise include pain management. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management, Spine Surgery Procedures

Specializes in Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine
1736 W Medical Center Drive; Suite B
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Chin Kim, who practices in Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in pain medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and sports medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim honors. Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks the following languages: Korean, Spanish, and Japanese.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
100 E Valencia Mesa Drive; Suite 310
Fullerton, CA
 

Dr. Arthur Zepeda is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Dr. Zepeda honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
100 E Valencia Mesa Drive; Suite 310
Fullerton, CA
 

Dr. Jerry Fralick specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Fullerton, CA. Dr. Fralick studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
100 E Valencia Mesa Drive; Suite 310
Fullerton, CA
 

Dr. William Ko is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ko studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1301 N Rose Drive
Placentia, CA
 

Dr. Phani Paruchuri, who practices in Placentia, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Paruchuri studied medicine at Osmania Medical College. Dr. Paruchuri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1717 E Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Pedro Alupay is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Alupay (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. He attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then went on to complete his residency at Youngstown Hospital Association. Dr. Alupay honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
301 W Bastanchury Road; Suite 175
Fullerton, CA
 

Dr. Wei Kwok is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kwok accepts. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
15141 Whittier Boulevard; Suite 130
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Heiman practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heiman is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1717 E Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. John Ogai, who practices in Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. His clinical interests include pain management. Patients gave Dr. Ogai an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, 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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