We found 27 pain specialists near Mission Viejo, CA.

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Dr. Alfred Joseph Sadek Beshai M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3.9 Average rating 3.9 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
Address: 29011 Plata Place, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Clinical Interests: pain management
Lisa M. Pitino, MD
Specializes in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Pain Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
3.88 Average rating 3.88 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 23521 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA
Andrei N. Dokukin MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Address: 23141 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Clinical Interests: injuries, trigger point injection, spinal stenosis ... (Read more)
Dr. Gregory J. Macchio M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine)
Address: 26522 la Alameda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Clinical Interests: anesthesia
Chiwai E. Chan D.O.
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
1.13 Average rating 1.13 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 23961 Calle De La Magdalena, Laguna Hills, CA 92691
Clinical Interests: cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management
Dr. Afshin S. Gerayli M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2.83 Average rating 2.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 24953 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA
Dr. Lido S. Chen MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
Address: 23521 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA
Dr. Hamid R. Fadavi D.O.
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
1 Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 26932 Oso Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Dr. James W. Russell M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92691
Dr. Kimberly Sue Robbins M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Address: 27700 Medical Center Road, Mission Viejo, CA 92675
Marybeth Bewersdorf MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Address: 5 Holland, Irvine, CA
Dr. Khang Huy Lai D. O.
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
1.83 Average rating 1.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 15701 Rockfield Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92630
Dr. Amir Abbas Pouradib M.D.
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
4.58 Average rating 4.58 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
Address: 24012 Calle De La Plata, Laguna Hills, CA
Shahryar Mousavi MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
Address: 24953 Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills, CA
Dr. David Sherif Azer DO
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 22951 Bartolome, Mission Viejo, CA
Clinical Interests: autoimmune diseases, spondylosis (degenerative spine disease), trigger point injection ... (Read more)
Dr. Matthew Eugne Harris M.D.
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 24012 Calle De La Plata, Laguna Hills, CA
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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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