We found 4 pain specialists who accept United Healthcare Plans near Stony Brook, NY.

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Dr Basseem Onsy Asaad MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Average rating 4.38 stars out of 5 (34 ratings)
Department of Anesthesia Stony Brook Medical Center; Anesthesiology Department
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Bassem Asaad is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and fibromyalgia. Dr. Asaad is professionally affiliated with Emory Clinic. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna Medicare, and more. Before completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Asaad attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Lower Back Pain, Pain, Anesthesia, Complex Regio ... (Read more)

Dr Brian Durkin DO
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Average rating 4.76 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
70 N Country Road; Suite 203
Port Jefferson, NY

Dr. Brian Durkin is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durkin include trigger point injections, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and epidural steroid injection. Patients gave Dr. Durkin an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Durkin attended medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Approaches, Facet Injection, Musculoskeletal Problems, Epidural Steroid Injection, Spinal Cord Stimu ... (Read more)

Dr Samuel Pearce Brown DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
70 N Country Road; Suite 203
Port Jefferson, NY

Dr. Samuel Brown specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine and practices in Port Jefferson, NY. In his practice, he is particularly interested in trigger point injections, epidural steroid injection, and spinal cord stimulator implantation. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Brown graduated from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Radiofrequency Ablation, Facet Injection, Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation, Epidural Steroid Inje ... (Read more)

Minyi Tan MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
3 Edmund D Pellegrino Road; Stony Brook Anaesthesiology - Pain Management Center
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Minyi Tan, who practices in Stony Brook, NY, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and fibromyalgia. After completing medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, Dr. Tan performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Tan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Lower Back Pain, Pain, Anesthesia, Complex Regio ... (Read more)

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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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