Dr. Carlos Esparza, MD

Physical Medicine & RehabilitationMaleAge 61

Dr. Esparza
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

New Mexico Inner Wellness Center Inc.

6801 Jefferson St Ne Ste 350 Albuquerque, NM 87109

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(505) 314-0580

Dr. Carlos Esparza, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in Albuquerque, NM. He is affiliated with medical facilities Lovelace Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Esparza to book an appointment.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Experience
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No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Esparza's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Esparza treats Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Esparza treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Sciatica as Seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Esparza treats Back Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Esparza treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Esparza treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 97% of his peers

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

Dr. Esparza's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(505) 314-0580

Dr. Esparza accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico PPO
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Lovelace Health Plan
Lovelace Health Plan PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Presbyterian Health Plan
Commercial
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO

Dr. Esparza's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Esparza

4.1

Based on 34 ratings

5 Stars
76.47058823529412%
(26)
4 Stars
0%
(0)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
2.9411764705882355%
(1)
1 Star
20.58823529411765%
(7)
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!!!Friendly awesome crew!!! I have been dealing with Dr Esparza for over 10 years for extreme chronic pain in my hands, neck and back. Dr Sean Portman and Dr Esparza are some of the smartest doctors I’ve ever dealt with and unfortunately I’ve met allot of doctors in my life!!! The staff is wonderful the girls are beautiful and fun to talk to!!! Not sure where Dr Esparza found his staff but I could of only dreamt of having a awesome crew such as this when I was Executive Chef! You guys are awesome;) You all have a great Christmas and a happy happy New Years!!! ;) Be safe....
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
What could be improved
No results
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Sam Jojola – Dec 02, 2020
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I have found both Dr. Esparza and Sean Portman, PA, to be good listeners even though others seem to have had different experiences. I like their approach which seemed to be one of collaboration with me by helping reduce pain to enhance my own efforts to main strength and function. Their care has been what I have needed.
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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Diane Lindstrom – Aug 06, 2020
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I have been seeing Dr Carlos Esparza for over 10 years now for spinal degeneration due to scoliosis, various trauma from mv accidents, and over 38 years of work as a Registered Nurse (lifting, moving heavy objects, long hours, normal hazards encountered on the job or in daily life). Dr Esparza listens and observes with professional ability to see the issues at hand and then direct me on a path to reach my goals of remaining physically able to care for myself and do things in my life that keep it a quality life. He has treated me with trigger point injections and nerve root injections when needed. What do I appreciate about his care: the fact that he does not just give you pain meds and send you on your merry way, but he labors with you to live your best life using exercise and a minimum of medications to continue your life with less pain and more potential.
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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Laurie – May 05, 2020
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My son went there for a sciatica issue. Was sent to physical therapy by Sean the PA it went down hill from there. My son's first initial treatment was horrible. We ended up in the ER on Christmas because of the pain he endured from his Physical therapy treatment done. He proceeded to get worse as the physical treatments that were perscribed by Sean. I had to drive him to his follow up appt with Sean. And we told Sean that the trigger point therapy was NOT working. And that my son could not work due to this therapy. He just ignored what we told him and still continued to have the PT do this type of therapy knowing it put him in position where he's NOT able to work and I am having to care for him. His last treatment that was done I had to go find him in a parking lot near the office because of that particular treatment and he was in excruciating pain almost recked the car and I had to drive him to my house to help him with his pain once again. Sean did NOT listen to his patient!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jan 22, 2020
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Excellent. I was in extreme discomfort from sciatica. He gave me an injection which worked immediately. I was pain free when I left his office. The pain returned about 4 years later at which time I got a second shot. I’ve been pain free since (5 years).
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Mar 09, 2019
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Having been treated for serious back and neck issues by Dr. Esparza for over a decade, I have mixed reviews. He cares about his patients and can help if one's pain is due to a structural issue, as he knows exercises for proper body alignment. Yet, the amount of Trigger Point injections he performs are excessive and do little to help patients in the long term. He will prescribe muscle relaxants and pain medications but is totally unavailable to support his patients during withdrawal. Be wary.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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gypsum, co – Nov 21, 2017
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I went to Dr. Esparza with a chronic back problem. I saw his PA the first visit and was very impressed with his knowledge and the time spent with me. I was scheduled for an epidural which was not successful. I followed up with him and was told I needed to be referred to a Neurosurgeon for possible surgery. He did not try to talk me into more epidurals so that he could bill for more appointments or procedures he put my best interest ahead of making money.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Rio Rancho, NM – Oct 13, 2017
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I was told by my doctor that Dr Edparza was excellent and could help me. I never saw Dr Esparza and only saw PA. He told Me there was nothing he felt he could help me with. I have been treated at a pain clinic for 18 + years and he can't help me! Seriously? What breaks my heart is that i give up! Unfortunately, I never saw Dr Esparza ! I paid to see Dr Esparza and why he didn't see me I don't know! I literally felt like a nobody when I left! I cried all the way home because I needed help!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
6 people found this helpful
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Molly in Albuquerque, NM – Jun 22, 2017
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Went to Dr. Esparza for many years and he misdiagnosed my issues, wasted my money on lidocaine shots, and wasn't certified to do any significant procedures. In other words, the best he could do was provide an insignificant bandaid. My suggestion would be forget Esparza and find a pain doctor who is also a bird certified anesthesiologist, if not, just give your money to the homeless on the street for better results! This guys a certified quack.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Albuquerque, NM – Feb 09, 2017
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Biography

Dr. Carlos Esparza, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist in Albuquerque, NM. He is affiliated with medical facilities Lovelace Medical...Read more

Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

Fla Spine Inst
Fellowship Hospital
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
University Of California At San Diego
Medical School
1992
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Internship Hospital
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Carlos Esparza, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Esparza frequently treats Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Back Pain, and Osteoarthritis of Spine. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Esparza treats.

Where is Dr. Carlos Esparza, MD's office located?

Dr. Esparza's office is located at 6801 Jefferson St Ne Ste 350, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

New Mexico Inner Wellness Center Inc.6801 Jefferson St Ne Ste 350 Albuquerque, NM 87109
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Lovelace Medical Center

Albuquerque, NM

65% Patient Experience Rating, 4% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Presbyterian Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

21 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)