We found 4 pain specialists who accept Coventry Gold near Butler, PA.

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Dr. James Albert Craig Jr., DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
127 Oneida Valley Road; Suite 302
Butler, PA
 

Dr. James Craig's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He practices in Pittsburgh, PA, Butler, PA, and Mars, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Craig average 5.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Craig honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Craig attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with UPMC Passavant.

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Dr. Anna Katherine Spitznagel, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
142 Clearview Circle
Butler, PA
 

Dr. Anna Gaines works as a rehabilitation physician and pain doctor. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is professionally affiliated with UPMC St. Margaret and UPMC Passavant. Dr. Gaines is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gaines attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Dr. Benedict C Woo, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
127 Oneida Valley Road; Suite 302
Butler, PA
 

Dr. Benedict Woo is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Woo attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Woo's professional affiliations include UPMC St. Margaret and UPMC Passavant.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
325 New Castle Road
Butler, PA
 

Dr. Margaret Moon's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She is professionally affiliated with VA Butler Healthcare. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moon graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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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