We found 5 pain specialists who accept Aetna HMO near San Francisco, CA.

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Dr. Conor William ONeill, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
2100 Webster Street; Suite 518
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Conor O'Neill specializes in interventional pain medicine and practices in San Francisco, CA and Sacramento, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass pain management. Dr. O'Neill takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. O'Neill attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2186 Geary Boulevard; Suite 210
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Savala specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in San Francisco, CA. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Savala include pain management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Savala is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Claudio A Palma, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 703
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Claudio Palma is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Palma is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Palma attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
490 Post Street; Suite 90
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Smolins' areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. In his practice, Dr. Smolins focuses on pain management. Dr. Smolins is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Smolins trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1580 Valencia Street; Suite 703
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Yi Chiang is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Daly City, CA and San Francisco, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Chiang include pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chiang takes. Dr. Chiang graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chiang's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: 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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