We found 4 pain specialists who accept WellPoint near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Amish M Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amish Patel is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Schaumburg, IL, Downers Grove, IL, and Park Ridge, IL. He is conversant in Gujarati. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Amit Bakulesh Mehta, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amit Mehta practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. His clinical interests include pain management. He is rated highly by his patients. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehta accepts. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Mehta trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Joseph M Ihm, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
259 E Erie Street 13th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Ihm works as a rehabilitation physician and interventional pain specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ihm include back pain, knee problems, and spinal injection. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ihm is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Ihm's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Neck Pain, Herniated Disc, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Omar A Said, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1 East Erie Street; Suite 530
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Omar Said works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Schaumburg, IL, Geneva, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. He has a special interest in pain management. Dr. Said is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Said is accepting new patients.

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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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