Dr. Albert Lai, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 48
  
Dr. Lai
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Desert Pain Rehabilitation Assocs

72780 Country Club Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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Dr. Albert Lai, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Rancho Mirage, CA and has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Lai has more experience with Pain Management and Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from St George's University School Of Med medical school in 2000. He is affiliated with medical facilities Placentia - Linda Hospital and St. Jude Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Lai to book an appointment.


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push a button on the phone from one to eight and hope that someone might get back to you. horrbile staff, cold, uncaring liking going to a g overment office
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ray katz – Feb 01, 2020
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I have been seeing Dr. Lai for about 3-4 years and he is wonderful man and explains your treatment always and when I get a shot, he tells me exactly when I will feel the slight pinch. He is very friendly, good staff, and helpful. Dr. Lai is no longer on my HMO plan, but I still use him because I went to two other pain doctors and they were quacks.
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Stuart Goldfine – Oct 06, 2019
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Looking for a GOOD doctor? Then DON'T come to this doctor or his office. WORST service i have ever recieved from a doctor or his office. I called for eight weeks straight leaving messages for Sofia (she is the one who schedules procedure dates) and even left messages in their general mailbox and still never recieved a phone call back. There is a lack of communication in this office. Collette, the office manager, thinks she knows everything taking place in the office, but does not!
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David in INDIO – Jun 20, 2018
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Dr.Lai is always asking and wanting me to sale my Works Comp. Ins. He wants me to bill SSDI for Back Injury. I still have go there it sucks.
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Robert Baker in Desert Hot Springs, CA – Jun 17, 2018
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Dr. Lai is excellent. In the last couple of years he has gotten rid of his inept front desk staff and has a great guy in the front now.
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Mar 27, 2018
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Dr. Lai is a good pain management physician, and he knows his stuff. I have always been treated with kindness and caring by him. I have several painful conditions, and he is always patient & understanding. And, if you have back pain - he will diagnose it and treat it. Some doctors can't figure that out, but Dr. Lai will, and you will feel better. I have the utmost respect for him.
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JC in Rancho Mirage, California – Jun 27, 2016
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Horrible doctor. I've been dealing with chronic pain for more than 10 years and never seen an office like his. The office staff will lie and treat you like crap. I seen him for a few years and in that time I was treated like a car payment. Good luck seeing the dr. Most of the time you will see some staff assistant sometimes not even being a nurse. I was charged $300 for mental evaluations I never got and appointments he was never in. I have bogus charges and fired him for it. He's a quack
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Our goal at Centers of Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine is to restore the patients functional ability, physically, emotionally and socially through a comprehensive inter-disciplinary team approach. We believe a return to a productive life is achievable with the complete knowledge and utilization of pain, stress-reducing strategies and the minimum effective dose of appropriate medications.

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

2004
Tufts New England Med Center
Residency Hospital
2001
University Of Texas Med Branch Galveston
Internship Hospital
2000
St George's University School Of Med
Medical School
1994
University Of California, Irvine
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

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(760) 341-5550

Dr. Lai accepts the following insurance:

AARP
Aetna
Aetna HMO
Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze 60 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
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Gold 80 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Gold Advantage-CA PPO
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Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
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PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Silver 70 Off Exchange (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Silver 73 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 87 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 94 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
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Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
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UC Care-CA PPO
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UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
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Select Plus HMO
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Humana
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MultiPlan
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PHCS Network PPO
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Travelers
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Background Check

1 disciplinary action Found
  • Unprofessional Conduct (1/23/2019)View details
No malpractice claims found for California
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Practice Areas

Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

Typically treats 63% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 22 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Chronic Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Chronic Pain more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve) more than 95% of their peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 95% of their peers

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.

Typically treats 63% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Spondylosis more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

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Dr. Lai's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Botox® Injection
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Discography
  • Dorsal Column Stimulation
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Medication Management
  • Migraine
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tension Headache
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Locations

Desert Pain Rehabilitation Assocs

Desert Pain Rehabilitation Assocs72780 Country Club Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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Centers Rehab Pain Medicine

Orange Office2617 E Chapman Ave Ste 101 Orange, CA 92869
2
Centers Rehab Pain Medicine2 Journey Ste 200 Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
3
Crpm113 Waterworks Way Ste 240 Irvine, CA 92618
4
Centers of Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine1041 E Yorba Linda Blvd Ste 210 Placentia, CA 92870
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Placentia - Linda Hospital

Placentia, CA

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

St. Jude Medical Center

Fullerton, CA

82% Patient experience rating, 13% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)