Dr. Carl Balog, MD

Dr. Carl Balog, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine  ·  
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Age 59
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Dr. Carl Balog, MD is an interventional pain medicine specialist in Tigard, OR and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from Semmelweis University Of Medical Sciences (Sote) in 1988 and specializes in interventional pain medicine and pain medicine.

9370 SW Greenburg Rd Ste 602

Tigard, OR 97223

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Care 1st Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • CSX Railroad
  • Dept. of US Army Medical Active Duty
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • 38 More

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No malpractice claims found for Oregon
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Balog's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balog treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Balog treats this condition more than 86% 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
Spondylosis
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balog treats Spondylosis more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Balog treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Headache
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balog treats Headache more than 76% of his peers

Dr. Balog treats this condition more than 76% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Benign Exertional Headache
  • Benign Sex Headache
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chronic Headache
  • Chronic Tension-Type Headache
  • Cluster Headache
  • Cough Headache
  • Drug Rebound Headache
  • Headaches (Shunt Related)
  • Hypertension Headache
  • Icepick Headache
  • Lower Half Headache
  • Mild Headache
  • Muscle Contraction Headache
  • Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Psychogenic Headache
  • Recurrent Headache
  • Severe Headache
  • Tension Headache
  • Vascular Headache

Dr. Balog's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Chemodenervation
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Discography
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fluoroscopic-Guided Hip Injection
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty
  • Intradiscal Electrothermic Therapy (IDET)
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Percutaneous Disc Decompression
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Provocation Discography
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Pump Implant
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Supartz® Injection
  • Synvisc® Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Worker's Compensation Evaluations

About Me

Care Philosophy

Low key shouldn't mean low quality. Our office will make you feel comfortable, so we can focus on essentials. We balance the latest research with compassion, injections with humor, and office visits with humility. We are your resource, and we take it seriously.

Specialties

  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

1995
University Of California San Francisco
Residency Hospital
1992
Greenwich Hospital Yale University Affil
Residency Hospital
1990
Berkshire Med Center
Internship Hospital
1988
Semmelweis University Of Medical Sciences (Sote)
Medical School
1982
Williams College
Undergraduate School
1995
1992
1990
1988
1982

Languages

  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Editorial Board, Pain Physician, 2008-prese

Dr. Balog's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Balog

4.4

Based on 154 reviews

5 Stars
80.51948051948052%
(124)
4 Stars
5.8441558441558445%
(9)
3 Stars
1.2987012987012987%
(2)
2 Stars
0.6493506493506493%
(1)
1 Star
11.688311688311689%
(18)

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Dr balog does seem to be a very nice man and he did preform procedures that helped me but be careful because he will give you ask much main oils as you want. I'm sure some of you love hearing that but it almost destroyed my life and it took 4 years for me to get back to normal and restart my career. It was pure hell and I'm still on suboxone. Going to Dr balog was easily the worse choice of my entire life. I was in pain but they tripled my dose within 4 months to 120mg oxy a day. Don't do it!
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All in Dr. Balog's office show their compassion. Dr. Balog has a keen curiosity for fining new and hopeful pain relief, the latest interventions for pain, and shares that hope with his patients. You will find relief at his clinic, and hope in a future without pain. You will feel comfort and kindness from every staff member. You will be believed and relieved. Your quality of life will be restored.
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I've been under the compassionate care of Dr. Balog, Joe and their wonderful staff for one year. I'm so grateful for these providers; they treat me with dignity and respect which are traits that we chronic pain patients sorely need. I adore Nikki, the medical receptionist, who is always there for an empathetic or kind word no matter how busy she is. Norma and Trisha are the medical assistants that I work with, both make me feel valued as a patient and human being.
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I sustained an elbow injury in Feb 2018, which resulted in lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). This continued for 18 weeks despite anti-inflammatories, total rest and physical therapy. It was debilitating as it was my dominate arm. I could not turn a door knob, hold a cup of coffee etc. Dr Balog recommended Tenex treatment to the tendon involved. The treatment took 20 minutes and it has been 2 weeks today. I am PAIN FREE. I am in shock and awe on the effectiveness of his recommended procedure.
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I with Dr. Balog for 2.5 years & thought this doc was different. April i going on vacation to Nicaragua, flight left 8am. 5am leaving to airport, in my kitchen i turned my foot, POP, compound spiral fracture my leg. 5 days in hospital, day I got out i was called by Drs office for random pill count. I had one day to come in 60 miles. Told office i couldnt make it. Day before my next appt i was discharged. BALOG Won't prescribe 2 me till i get into new pain doc, he wants me 2 go through withdrawal
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The office staff is very good and friendly...always follow up and make you feel they are really looking out for your best interests. Dr. Balog is the best of all the doctors I have worked with and his referrals are equally qualified and personable. Nothing but great things to say about Balog and the staff... top notch
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Dr. Balog and his staff are supremely professional, knowledgeable, compassionate, and wonderful. I appreciate they way they consistently make the best decisions to assist me with my health. The entire office could give classes on compassion and care!
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Dr. Balog is an amazing doctor and his staff is just as amazing. They go out of their way to make sure the whole patient is taken care of.
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Makes me feel comfortable and well cared for.
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His assistant lied about my insurance coverage & made me pay $1500 for a procedure I had. After insurance paid, I didn’t get refund. No return phone calls, a month later, so I wrote Dr Balog a kind letter explaining his associate’s conduct and asking for my refund. He knew I was a low income single parent. He sided with his assistant, said he would not see me again, after 2 years of care. I was hurt he wouldn’t listen and I was left w/out care. Unfair & Unprofessional. No accountability.
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His staff committed a major HIPPA violation by faxing my records to an unknown source. Lied to me about my insurance company not wanting to pay when truth was they never got the information required for a decision. They ousted me for "behavior" since I called the ins. at the staff's insistence and found out the truth. Refused to send records to other doctors in a timely manner and when we asked for my medical records, they only had a 1/3 of them & even those were 50% from my previous doctor.
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I have been seeing Dr. Balog and or Joe Knaus for years you couldn't ask for two outstanding Doctor and Physician Assistant repectfully. The compassion they have shows through in every way they take care of you be it thru a procedure, giving out scripts, talking about your problem ir just giving out a hug. I have been to many pain clinics and this one is outstanding. I also want to give out kudos to his medical &office staff especially Trisha they all go the extra mile to help the patient's.
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They have given me my life back.
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Such a wonderful clinic, serious lifesaver and blessing.
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Best office I have been to. Very caring.
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Great staff, knowledgeable providers. I really feel like they care.
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I see Joe at this office. He is great and so are the staff here.
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Horrible practice, with nasty, vindictive, aggressive office manager. When asked to explain an obvious account error, the office worker was unable to give answers. She handled the task with hostility and aggressiveness. She proceeded to inform me I would no longer be a patient of the office, and stated a verified letter would proceed. This has happened to many others, I have lost trust in Carl Balog, his unethical staff, and their true intention. I've never come across anything like this, EVER.
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Knowledgable, caring bedside manner....excellent Dr! So glad he could help me!
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I love him
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Choice PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Federal Employee Program
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred PPO
Federal Employee Program
Care 1st Health Plan
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Indemnity EPO
Network Open Access
Open Access
CSX Railroad
Dept. of US Army Medical Active Duty
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Guardian
Guardian PPO
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
Health Net
Health Net PPO
Tricare PPO
Tricare WC
HealthSmart
Humana
Choice Care PPO
John Hancock
Kaiser Permanente
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
LifeWise
Lincoln
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
MetLife
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Mutual of Omaha
Mutual of Omaha PPO
National Benefit Plans
National Benefit Plans PPO
National Preferred Provider Network
National Preferred Provider Network PPO
Nationwide
ODS Health Plan
Pacific Health Alliance
Pacific Health Alliance PPO
PacificSource
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Pipefitters
Premera Blue Cross
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Premier Group Insurance
Principal Financial Group
Principal Financial Group PPO
Providence Health Plans
Open Option EPO
Personal Option EPO
Preferred PPO
Prudential
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Public Employees Health Plan (PEHP)
Public Employees Health Plan
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon PPO
Preferred Provider Network PPN
State Farm
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Texas Workers' Compensation
Texas Workers' Compensation WC
Travelers
Travelers PPO
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Standard
Tricare PPO
Union Pacific Railroad Employee Health Systems
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare
PacifiCare HMO
PacifiCare PPO
United Healthcare
United Healthcare PPO
WellPoint
Wells Fargo Insurance
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

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