We found 10 pain specialists who accept HealthLink HMO near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Bakul Ramakant Dave MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
average rating 2.75 stars (5 ratings)
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Bakul Dave works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. He speaks Indian Languages. Dr. Dave's areas of expertise include the following: vertebroplasty, acute pain, and chronic pain. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr. Dave trained at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo for residency. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dave honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Clinical interests: Acute Pain, Vertebroplasty, Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Xiaobin Yi MD
Specializes in Psychiatry & Neurology, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview; Place Suite14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Xiaobin Yi's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. His clinical interests encompass pain management. Dr. Yi is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Yi attended Central South University and Peking Union Medical College for medical school. Dr. Yi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Anthony H. Guarino MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
average rating 3.08 stars (9 ratings)
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Anthony Guarino works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. These areas are among his clinical interests: pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. Dr. Guarino's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Guarino honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Lesley Kathryn Rao MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lesley Rao's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in vertebroplasty. Dr. Rao is affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Vertebroplasty, Pain Management

Dr. Jacob Daniel Aubuchon MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatric Pain Medicine
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jacob Aubuchon's specialties are pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric pain medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Aubuchon takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Aubuchon completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Robert A. Swarm MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
average rating 2.86 stars (5 ratings)
4921 Parkview Place; 14c
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Swarm is a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swarm include vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Swarm graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Swarm is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty, Pain Management

Dr. Michael Magdy Bottros MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
average rating 4.12 stars (4 ratings)
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Michael Bottros is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Bottros average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in pain management, acute pain, and chronic pain. Dr. Bottros is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Bottros's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Rajiv K. Shah MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Rajiv Shah is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. His areas of expertise include pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for residency.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Charles R. Schrock Jr. MD
Specializes in Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
average rating 3 stars (2 ratings)
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Charles Schrock's areas of specialization are pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schrock include anesthesia. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schrock obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Schrock is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 14c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Tanying Mao practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Saint Louis, MO. Her clinical interests include pain management. She is professionally affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Mao is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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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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