Dr. Allen Chen, MD

Dr. Allen Chen, MD

Physical Medicine & RehabilitationMaleAge 45

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Dr. Allen Chen, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in Santa Monica, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Chen to book an appointment.

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UCLA Spine Center

UCLA Spine Center1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100 Santa Monica, CA 90401
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4.8

Based on 89 ratings

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Dr. Chen is incredibly knowledgeable and provides great insight on the best course of treatment for you and your health.
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  • Explained conditions well
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Alyson Beckman – Aug 28, 2021
Dr. Chen is extremely knowledgeable and gifted. He performed a nerve ablation at C2-C3 and my headaches/pain disappeared for much longer than expected. I was able to start swimming soon after the ablation which has improved my overall health. If you are considering seeing Dr. Chen, feel confident he will guide you in the best way possible.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Debby B. – Aug 28, 2021
Dr. Chen was able to see me on schedule, and efficiently examined me to address my sciatica and herniated disks. He gave me injections two years ago, which provided excellent, though not perpetual, relief.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Oldman Spine – Aug 28, 2021
Dr Chen has been so great over the past year in helping me to diagnose my hip/IT band issues and moving forward with treatment. He is both capable and communicative. I have developed a high level of trust and confidence in him. This particular appointment was to re-evaluate and determine next best steps/options going forward.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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David H – Aug 19, 2021
My follow-up appointment with Dr. Chen was extremely thorough and a very pleasant & professional one. Dr. Chen always displays sincere concern for my spinal concerns and always takes the necessary time to ensure that I have no unanswered questions. I’m very appreciative for his attentiveness.
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Andrew Rankin – Aug 14, 2021
I have already recommended Dt Chen and my friend and her family also were very impressed and happy with his treatment. He is a brilliant diagnostician, doesn’t do unnecessary or irrelevant tests or treatment and gets right to the heart of the issue. Unfortunately I have a hip not spine problem so I will not be seeing Dr Chen as regularly as I would like, but It’s been a great experience.
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Aug 14, 2021
Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor. He eliminated my terrible back pain with one painless procedure. He is a very compassionate doctor and his staff are caring and kind. Thank you Dr. Chen
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Kelley Koch – Jun 24, 2021
Excellent visit. Efficient and thorough, and MRI was explained in great detail.
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Jun 23, 2021
Dr. Chen is outstanding. He has excellent clinical and diagnostic skills. I would recommend him to anyone who is searching for the best quality health care that is obtainable.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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Apr 30, 2021
Dr. Chen helped me solve a decades-long back pain issue (scoliosis-related joint pain) after reams of other health care providers could not. He is very professional, thorough, and genuinely cares about you as a patient. Highly recommend paying him a visit (if you can get into the office, he's very much in demand)!
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Mia A. – Apr 18, 2021
Dr. Chen couldn't have been more personable, knowledgable, or helpful. Outstanding doctor who listens, offers advice, and exudes quiet confidence. I really liked this guy on a personal level and have absolute confidence in his judgement and suggested approach to resolve my health issue. Terrific doctor!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Don Vinson – Apr 10, 2021
Dr. Chen saw me shortly after I injured my back (within a very few days), took the time to understand my issues, injury and pain and made the perfect diagnosis. In addition, instead of having to wait to schedule an appointment with a back surgeon, Dr. Chen immediately got one of his colleagues to see me so that we could move forward with next steps instead of waiting weeks for a followup appointment. As a result, I will be getting my back fixed in less than 2 and a half weeks after the injury. In addition, Dr. Chen was incredibly personable, relatable, and explained what was going on with my back in a way that made it easy for a non medical professional to understand. I will absolutely be going back to Dr. Chen with any orthopedic issues I have going forward. I wish I had met him years ago when I first injured my shoulders. He is an amazing physician and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone in my family or any of my friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Reed Parker – Mar 31, 2021
Everybody payed attention and showed me what was happening to me and I understood that
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Feb 19, 2021
Dr. Chen was professional, informative and incredibly clear when discussing my lower back condition. I REALLY appreciate the fact that he "shot from the hip". He didn't try to tip toe around physical therapy, anti-inflammatories or epidurals like doctors I've visited in the past. He straight up said, "I can give you an epidural or muscle relaxers for the pain, but it isn't going to solve the problem. You need surgery." This is a problem that I've been wanting to have corrected for 25 years and thought I was going to have to persuade him that I wanted this taken care of once and for all. He immediately got me in to see the surgeon and I had my procedure a month later. 5 months later, and so far, feeling SO much better. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had Dr. Chen taking care of me and HIGHLY recommend him for anyone with spine conditions looking for honest solutions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Don Morita – Jan 06, 2021
Dr. Chen Is very thorough and knowledgeable. Hs's very helpful and always provides a clear explanation of what is going on. The staff is great as well. Making an appointment and setting up a procedure always goes smoothly. I highly recommend
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Dec 05, 2020
Original consultation he listened gave recommendations for further diagnosis. Follow up to testing, reviewed mri and goals I have, layed out a non surgical treatment process, with a surgical solution only as a last option if goals are not met. ??
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Joe Davidson – Nov 17, 2020
I suffered with back pain for over 50 years. I went to many doctors and had many therapies at Kaiser Permanente before I changed insurance companies. I was then referred to Dr. Chen. After discussing my options he performed a nerve ablation and as a result I have been pain-free. He and his staff are wonderful and I am so unbelievable grateful to them. He not only is a brilliantly skilled doctor, but very engaging. He explains everything, every step. From the diagnosis through the procedure he kept me aware of what was happening and the chances of what my outcome would or could be. No unfulfilled promises, just accurate information to keep me in the “know.” He is always sympathetic to my situation and not condescending or dismissive. Again, I’m just so very thankful that he is my doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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K. Manolopoulos – Oct 30, 2020
Honestly it was one of the best visit I had with a doctor. He took the time to show my the scan, walked me through and explain options with pros and cons on each one. Walking out of the office I knew what to do as the next step and mainly because Dr. Chen took the time to educate me on my options. Very good experience with the office and the doctor.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nico – Oct 13, 2020
Dr Chen is very through. Informs you of alternatives for your decisions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Allen M – Aug 29, 2020
Dr. Chen completely fixed my bad neck! With a reasonable approach and wonderful bedside manner I felt better within a few days. Thank you!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Alexis L. – Aug 14, 2020

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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Chen's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

Treatment Frequency

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

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 99% 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
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Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Low Back Pain more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Herniated Disc more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Chen treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Chen's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pain Rehabilitation and Management
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine and Sports Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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Select PPO
Cigna
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MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

About Me

Care Philosophy

 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...Read more

Biography

Allen S. Chen, MD, MPH, FAAPMR is the Chief of Interventional Spine at the UCLA Spine Center in Santa Monica, California. He specializes in treating patients...Read more

Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Surgery

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
2000
University Of California Los Angeles School Of Public Health
1997
Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School
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Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (310) 853-8541.

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What are Dr. Allen Chen, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Chen frequently treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Low Back Pain, and Herniated Disc. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Chen treats.

Where is Dr. Allen Chen, MD's office located?

Dr. Chen's office is located at 1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Does Dr. Allen Chen, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Chen has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Chen is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

31 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

31 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Santa Monica, CA

83% Patient Experience Rating, 14% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Santa Monica, CA

83% Patient Experience Rating, 14% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)