We found 14 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield PPO near San Pedro, CA.

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Dr. Bao Thai Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
3111 Lomita Boulevard
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Bao Nguyen specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Nguyen's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen accepts. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Ripu Daman Arora, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1294 W. 6th Street; Suite 202
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Ripu Arora practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Torrance, CA and San Pedro, CA. Dr. Arora has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include pain management. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Arora obtained his medical school training at Guru Nanak Dev University and performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Joseph Carl Peck, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
23600 Telo Avenue; Suite 180
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Peck practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine in Torrance, CA. He is especially interested in pain management and spine surgery procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Peck average 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Peck takes. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Peck is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Ronald Denis Farran, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Other, Neurology
23560 Madison Street; Suite 205
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Farran's specialties are pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He practices in Torrance, CA. Dr. Farran is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is especially interested in pain management and movement disorders. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Farran is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Movement Disorders, Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3701 Skypark Drive 260
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Fabian Proano's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. In his practice, Dr. Proano focuses on pain management. The average patient rating for Dr. Proano is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Proano completed residency programs at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. In addition to English, Dr. Proano speaks Spanish. Dr. Proano's professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3445 Pacific Coast Highway; Suite 300
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Michael Sniderman is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Sniderman is affiliated with Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sniderman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sniderman include: Pasadena Magazine - Top Doctor in Pain Medicine; the University of Southern California Department of Anesthesiology Pain Educator Award; and Loyola University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology Intern of the year.

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Dr. Adam M Weitzman, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Interventional Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine
2557 Pacific Coast Highway; Suite A
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Adam Weitzman's medical specialty is interventional pain medicine. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, Dr. Weitzman completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weitzman include acupressure, substance abuse, and anti-aging. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Dr. Weitzman welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Venous Disease, Botox Injection, Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
3330 Lomita Boulevard
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Drew Cheng's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Cheng takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Psychology
25550 Hawthorne Boulevard; Suite 210
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. David Cho sees patients in Torrance, CA and Long Beach, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology, pain medicine, and psychology. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Cho accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
23530 Hawthorne Boulevard; 290
Torrance, CA
 

Dr. Jerrold Bustos is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Bustos's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Bustos is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Ricardo Aguirre, who practices in San Pedro, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Aguirre graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Midhat Qidwai practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. Qidwai is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Qidwai attended St. George's University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Denise Brathwaite sees patients in San Pedro, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brathwaite accepts. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1300 W 7th Street
San Pedro, CA
 

Dr. Maurice Gross specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine and practices in San Pedro, CA. Dr. Gross accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from Meharry Medical College.

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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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