We found 5 pain specialists who accept Humana Bronze HMO near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Demetrios Nicholas Kaiafas, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
402 Jeffords Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Demetrios Kaiafas sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He speaks Greek. Clinical interests for Dr. Kaiafas include back pain, sciatica, and trigger point injections. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kaiafas accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Auto Injuries, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Compression Fractures, Facet Injection, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
13117 66th Street
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ihab Labatia practices interventional pain medicine and spinal cord injury medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Nabil Gerges, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patients gave Dr. Gerges an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital.

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Dr. Ashraf Hanna
Specializes in Pain Medicine
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Hanna's area of specialization is pain medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Hanna is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 210
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edward Chen is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chen's areas of clinical interest consist of back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Chen attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at New York Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Auto Injuries, Shingles, Trigger Point Injections, Pain Management, Back Pain, Joint Injections

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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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