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Old 12-03-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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55 year old mother-in-law has a bad knee and back and getting worse. Docs in East Stroudsburg (primary and orthapedic) just keep giving her pills to try - some work better than others, but nothing is fixing the problem. I think she needs to start fresh, new doc, MRI, and really fix this.

Can anyone suggest an orthapedic doc in the Lehigh Valley area that handles knees and back? Would especially love a doc that doesn't require a referral. Thanks!
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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Try VSAS Orthopaedics in Allentown. Personally, we have used Dr. Barry Berger who is excellent but I have heard good things about the entire practice. Good luck!
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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I have had many friends and family members have great experiences at both VSAS as mentioned in the previous post and at OAA (Orthopedic Associates of Allentown).

You can call 610-402-CARE for more info and to schedule an appt. Good luck. I also know a great pain management specialist in Wind Gap if you cannot do anything treatable - much better than an inexperienced doc pushing pills.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Default Pain Mgmt Doc in Wind Gap

My husband needs to find a good pain mgmt doc. He used to see one in NC. We also need a good primary care doc that would refer this particular doc in Wind Gap. Would you mind sharing the name of this particular doctor and/or group in general? Thanks so much!
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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Unfortunately, my family docs in Wind Gap are "full" and not accepting new patients.

However, my next choice for a good family doc would be Dr. Powell at Wind Gap Family Practice. The number there is (610) 863-7888. Several of my neighbors go to him and they all recommend him.

The pain management physician I recommend is Kenneth Sun, MD - Progressive Pain Solutions (610) 863-8598. He saw my husband and also my brother, both of them for spinal issues. He was extremely thorough and really helpful. There is a wait, both for an appointment and sometimes when you get there, but it is worth it, he won't rush you.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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Why not see a Psychiatrist for pain management? I've got a friend who see's one and is more caring than a pain management dr. My friend was having mental issues from the pain and not getting the management of his pain taken care of so he went ot a Psychiatrist and now he's much better mentally and has a better control of his pain. My friend has been in pain for years from a major work accident but was being treated like a pill seeker. He actually started smoking marijuana which he never tried before and he tells everyone how that's actually reduced his amount of pain pills needed. NJ is voting this month or early next month on passing their medical marijuana law which Corzine already said he will lame duck vote it through. PA had a debate this month on it and there are surveys that shows almost 70% of residents approve it. I agree! In fact almost 30% of the country has medical marijuana laws. It's definately the drug company and lobbists that are the main people against it. Take my buddies situation for example. He smoke in college decades ago and never did since. Now with a couple puffs of marijuana he's reduced his pain pill intake by 1/3. I can tell you that I can see the difference in his demeanor without the correct pain medicine he has gotten 100% better since being treated like a person with pain and not a drug seeker looking for buzz. Now that he's smoking marijuana he's gotten alot better with that. He's actually told me that if he could get the better marijuana thats available in those states with medical marijuana he would probably be able to cut his pill intake down even more. Thats fantastic in my opinion.
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