We found 4 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Irving, TX.

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Dr. Jonathan Conrad Koning, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
200 N Carrier Parkway; Suite 101
Grand Prairie, TX

Dr. Jonathan Koning is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Frisco, TX, Grand Prairie, TX, and Plano, TX. Dr. Koning attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Koning include pain management. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koning takes. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery and Texas Health Plano. Dr. Koning has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
1420 West Mockingbird Lane; Suite 420
Dallas, TX

Dr. Nara Pravat's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He is especially interested in pain management. He is affiliated with Texas Health Plano. Dr. Pravat attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Pravat accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX

Dr. Cristina Bartis is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Irving, TX. Dr. Bartis's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bartis include pain management. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Bartis is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
4301 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 101
Irving, TX

Dr. Justin Thompson is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. Dr. Thompson is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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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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