We found 3 interventional pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Long Beach, CA.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Rostam Khoshsar practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoshsar include pain management, acupuncture treatment, and chronic pain. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Khoshsar performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is conversant in Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Long Beach Healthcare System and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Khoshsar has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Acupuncture Treatment

Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
2840 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 465
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Philip Chiou's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chiou is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chiou's professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Kais I Alsharif, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
2888 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 210
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Kais Alsharif is a medical specialist in interventional pain medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Alsharif is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Pain Management Associates.

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What is Interventional Pain Medicine?

Interventional pain medicine is a specialty that is devoted to the management of pain through medical procedures, without the routine use of prescription medications. Usually practiced by anesthesiologists or pain medicine specialists, this subspecialty has had a marked increase in demand in recent years, as the illegal abuse of narcotic painkillers has become a nation-wide problem.

Interventional pain medicine physicians must be adept at diagnosing their patients. Until they can accurately pinpoint the source of the pain, it can be difficult to treat it effectively. In some cases, the pain has an obvious cause, such as the hurt experienced when healing after surgery or when dealing with some cancers. In other cases, there is no obvious problem causing the pain, and the pain itself is the issue. This can be the case with chronic lower back pain, migraines, neuropathies, and other disorders.

There are many treatment options that interventional pain medicine doctors might use to ease a patient’s pain, ranging from non-invasive to minimally invasive. Some of these treatments are:
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidurals
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet injections, which are injections of small amounts of anesthetic into the joints of the spine
  • Radiofrequency denervation, or the use of radio waves to stop painful nerves from firing
  • Spinal cord stimulation, or the use of electrical currents along the spine to interfere with the transmission of pain signals
  • Implanted intrathecal or epidural injection drug delivery systems

Reducing pain doesn’t just help you feel better -- it allows you to become more active and increases your ability to heal. The goal of interventional pain medicine is to help people who are hurting to get back to working, playing, sleeping, and enjoying their life fully.
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