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Dr. Allen Chen, MD

Interventional Spine Medicine ·  Male · Age 43

Dr. Chen

UCLA Spine Center

1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100 Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Dr. Allen Chen, MD is an interventional spine medicine specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from New York University in 2005 and specializes in interventional spine medicine, interventional pain medicine, and more.


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Dr. Chen's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
Low Back Pain
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Low Back Pain more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

Chronic Neck Pain
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Chen's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Muscle Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain Rehabilitation and Management
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine and Sports Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Strain of Hamstring Muscle
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures

About Me

 I will offer a thorough evaluation of your complaints and will provide a diagnostic and treatment plan that fits you as an individual. I understand how much injury and pain can restrict the meaningful activities in your life, including work and...

Specialties

  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

2010
University Of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2009
University of Washington
Residency Hospital
2006
University of Maryland Medical Center
Internship Hospital
2005
New York University
Medical School
2000
University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health
1997
Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School
2010
2009
2006
2005
2000
1997

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Dr. Chen's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Chen

4.8

Based on 63 reviews

5 Stars
90.47619047619048%
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4 Stars
4.761904761904762%
(3)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
1.5873015873015872%
(1)
1 Star
3.1746031746031744%
(2)

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A bit of a wait, and had to see his fellow first, however overall happy with my visit. Dr. Chen and his fellow explained everything clearly, and gave me a clear understanding of treatment options
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i was very very happy ?with this Dr. A. chan i will see him again
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Dr. Chen was super nice and took his time explaining everything to me. His staff was so helpful and I was seen in a timely manner. I highly recommend Dr. Chen.
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Dr. Chen has a wonderful way with patients. He had me feeling confident and secure that my concerns were being heard, evaluated, and would be addressed. This is precisely what occurred and I'd be most willing to recommend him to any one who needs his care.
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Dr Chen knows what he is doing. He did not rush me into getting the epidural injections, but when it became clear that it was the logical next step, he explained the procedure in detail, put me at ease and performed the procedure flawlessly.
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Extremely professional. Takes the time to fully explain your health issues in terms a layman can understand and all options available. Prompt,straightforward, and understanding. He's my go to source from now on. Gary
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I am very pleased I met with Allen Chen M.D. on Monday, June 25, 2018. He was extremely focused on my situation. He put me at ease with his knowledge and familiarity with my condition, offering salient advice on moving forward. He articulated everything in a simple and caring fashion.
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Dr. Chen is very capable and a considerate person. I had a painful back condition and he successfully relieved the pain by deadening the responsible nerve in a 20 minute procedure. An excellent alternative to back surgery when the goal is to relieve pain.
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My main comment is that I had to wait a long time for an appointment. By the time I saw Dr. Chen my symptoms were better.
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My experience with Dr Chen was excellent. I had been experiencing recurring back pain and was able to get my first appointment within a week of calling. He diagnosed the problem, recommended a course of treatment and treated me within the next three days. The results have been very positive. For the most part, my pain has been eliminated and movement restored. He explained very clearly what the issue was and the treatment options. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has back issues.
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Dr. Chen pinpointed my problems and explained what could be done to find solutions. Very straight forward and I would highly recommend him.
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Very competent doctor with an excellent bed side manner. A surprisingly wonderful experience during an incredibly painful and scary time.
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I visited Dr. Chen with lower back issues. His mannerism, approach, bedside manner and especially level of knowledge was not only impressive, his findings and treatments were spot on. I felt I was in good hands and could absolutely trust his, in my opinion very honest and forthcoming medical advice. I would and have already highly recommended him to others who have back issues.
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I have suffered from back pain for more than five years. Dr. Chen was very professional and genuine in his explanation of his services. He puts you at ease in explaining your whole process of treatment from beginning to end. I would highly recommend him and his assistant Geona who also goes above and beyond to make you deel comfortable during your visits and helping you with navigating through medical insurance documents.
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Dr. Chem was very positive and upbeat during both of my visits. This gave me hope that my back pain would not be a hinderance to my daily activities. He was thorough and answered all of my questions. I did like the fact that he didn't automatically want to do any invasive treatments. Therapy was his prescription and it worked.
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Dr. Chen is awesome! He's very personable and knows his stuff, never rushes you. I always look forward to seeing him. You just know you're in the best hands with him and it's as though you've known him forever. I love that in a doctor.
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I have been very fortunate to have found Doctor Chen. I have now had 3 visits with him over the last several months; and each time he has been nothing but the most consummate and knowledgeable professional as well as the most amazingly caring and patient provider. I highly recommend Doctor Chen without any hesitation
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Incredibly good at what he does with well above average bedside manner. I was a rather difficult patient, before the appointment sending my own analysis and during the appointment spouting off an exhaustive list of questions, but Dr. Chen remained unassailably patient. I felt absolute confidence in his recommendations. In my case, in spite of the fact he makes his living by performing interventional procedures, he advised I pursue other options. To me, that points to the highest character.
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I am a recent patient of Dr. Chen, I find him to be a wonderful doctor who is patient and explained my condition, and treatment options in a manner that I could understand. I have already recommended him to my friends and son. Its good to walk upstairs with ease and have much less back pain. A pleasure indeed. Kudos to Dr. Chen!
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Dr Chen has helped me tremendously following a L4-5 laminotomy. I still had pains in my sacral area and low back. Dr, Chen figured out that the residual pain following the decompression surgery was an SI dysfunction and did an SI denervation after a block . After having injections for years, I finally have gotten some real pain relief, even if not total. He is easy to talk through treatment procedures and explains the issues until you understand the options. I strongly recommend Dr. Chen.
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