Dr. Craig Nairn, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 55
  
Dr. Nairn
Accepting new patients
Spine, and More
Telehealth services available

Pain Solutions

8080 Academy Rd Ne Albuquerque, NM 87111

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(505) 247-9700

Dr. Craig Nairn, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Albuquerque, NM and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Nairn has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University medical school in 1992. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Lovelace Medical Center and Lovelace Medical Center - Gibson. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Nairn to book an appointment.


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Frequently Treated by Dr. Nairn

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Nairn treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Nairn treats other conditions, please contact the office at (505) 247-9700.

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.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Dr. Nairn typically treats 62% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 10 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Spondylosis
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Dr. Nairn's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Discography
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection

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Dr. Nairn accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Medicare
Presbyterian Health Plan
Commercial

Dr. Nairn's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nairn

3.4

Based on 32 ratings

5 Stars
56.25%
(18)
4 Stars
3.125%
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3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
6.25%
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1 Star
34.375%
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Not a good doctor! No pain relief! All about the money!!
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  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • 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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Nov 04, 2020
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The BEST Doctor I have had by far! Very caring and will do whatever he can to help you! I have been fighting chronic pain for almost 30 years and have been to most of the so called pain doctors in Albuquerque but he is the best! He has treated me for the past five or six years with no issues just great care!
What went well
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  • Office environment
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Jim Sanchez – Feb 05, 2020
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Dr Nairn and his entire staff are wonderful. I couldn't be happier or more confident in the care they give, and the professional jobs they do.
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Shelley D Oliver – Nov 17, 2019
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I no longer see Dr. Nairn but instead see his PA Elizabeth who is lovely and caring. I get oxycodone but they will only prescribe the DEA or State Health dept. limit amount and I know I could use more. They have to be cognizant of both limits as there are so many stories of doctors going over the limit and then losing their license. I am reading so much of the abuse of the opiates but not of those who really need it and use it according to the doctor's prescription. Please people put the blame where it belongs. Doctors can no longer just practice what is good for the patient but are so careful of the organizations that are monitoring them. I have always found both Dr. Nairn, who I saw the first few months I can to Pain Solutions and Elizabeth, caring and compassionate. I have a lot of pain that is constant and both are very caring.
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Sheila – Oct 06, 2019
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My experience with Dr. Nairn has been nothing short of incredible from day one. He listens. He is kind and compassionate and has no ego and cares for YOU as a person. We set a plan together to get my pain managed the first two visits I was in his office based on the problems I told him I was having with my last two pain doctors. I have been getting injections since I was 15 and he’s hands down the only doctor I would trust to do mine now. He’s completely competent and quick and thorough and no pain! And his bedside manner is amazing he is always so happy and joking. I used to always have sedation and don’t need it with him. He does everything to work together to make sure my pains managed med wise if I need my meds to be switched and he is very pro cannabis too if that’s an option you’re looking for. Im grateful for Dr. Nairn who has advocated for me as a Dr. since I’ve known him and also his amazing PA Elizabeth! She is kind and competent and brilliant! Look no further for a doctor!
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Trixykitty – Jun 16, 2019
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Extremely bad sciatica pain. Dr. Nairn and I discussed where the pain was amd I explained how it felt and provided MRI results. He discussed injection site and with-in 24 hours of the epidural, I went from a 10/10 pain to a 1/10. The injection lasted a full 8 weeks. Very thankful and grateful. And I am a self pay patient as he is not one of the preferred providers on my new insurance
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May 24, 2019
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Got another bill from this doctors office, after paying cash for a consultation. He decided that I didn't need medication, a message he relayed to me through a call from his office. A month or so later I got another bill. Totally unexpected and I do not plan on paying it because he didn't follow through with what he said at our first meeting. He is simply in the pain game for monetary gain. Look elsewhere and don't be surprised to get billed a couple of times. Horrible phony doctor.
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Mar 30, 2019
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SCAM. HE WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY THEN REFUSE TO PROVIDE MEDICATION MGT. The consult will give you a false sense of security. You will get a call from his office people telling you that all he can do is offer injections. And make you feel dumb for thinking your condition warrants medications. Even if you have been on medication for years and have all the tests supporting your condition. He is as fake as they come. SCAMMER>>>>>>>Beware. Go someplace else!!!
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Mar 30, 2019
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I saw Dr Nairn after a horrible experience with another pain doctor. I was in severe pain and very depressed because of it. Dr Nairn was a Godsend. He is a very compassionate doctor who knows his business and treats you thoughtfully and professionally. He helped me with injections for pain and uses the latest techniques to help you. Not a pill pusher! He sincerely cares for his patients which is rare these days!
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B K in Albuquerque – Jan 14, 2019
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I have been to a lot of pain doctors and practitioners in the past. Dr. Nairn seems like a good option up front, but his office is anything but patient centered. Everything from sending me unexpected bills with no explanation to simply taking weeks to follow up on doing what they say they're going to do, with a complete lack of communication to help me understand what's going on. Waste of my time and money.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
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Oct 08, 2018
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It's interesting seeing Dr. Nairn's score as anything less than five stars. I read through some of the reviews, and while most of them got it exactly right that he is kind and compassionate, there was one review that stated he spent only ten minutes with them. I have a hard time believing this, given my experience with him. He listens very carefully to me and really evaluates my pain. He tries to come up with the best option for me. Highly recommend him.
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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Albuquerque, NM – Sep 26, 2018
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Dr. Nairn is the most compassionate Dr. I have ever seen in my entire 65 years. After having a horrendously awful experience with another pain Dr, I went to Dr. Nairn to remedy the damage done in a RFA to my cervical spine. He sat and listened to me, eye to eye, for a good half hour before he examined me; he then proposed some ideas. He performed a treatment on my facet joints that relieved pain from 10 to 2 within a week. He responds to emails, welcomes alternative medicine. Not a pill factory.
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Nancy in Albuquerque – Dec 15, 2017
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I am a fairly new patient. I spoke to Lauren and Bill several times. They were both very kind and helpful. i had to change my appt. at least 2-3x because my move date kept changing. Omg, Lauren was soo sweet every time. My first appt. lasted an hour, at least, while Dr. Nairn reviewed my health issues. His PA is extremely caring. I believe he only accepts presbyterian. He is pricey, even for a specialist but it's a small office and lol, what isn't expensive today. My remedy, switch ins. :)
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Stephanie in Albuquerque, NM – Nov 05, 2016
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Dr. Nairn is knowledgeable, compassionate, and kind. I saw him for an epidural for severe sciatica. I highly recommend his services.
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Albuquerque, NM – Oct 28, 2016
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I think Dr. Nairn is incredible. he is accommodating, friendly, polite and prompt is seeing me. His treatment of me for migraine issues has improve me life dramatically.
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Rosemary Traub in Albuquerque, NM – Oct 27, 2016
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Real nice guy he took time time to listen to my issues. Calm waiting room, clean office the last pain specialist I saw was an waiting room full of med seekers.
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Mary B in Albuquerque, NM – Jul 07, 2016
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The receptionist, Lauren, was incredibly rude. Dr. Nairm was in the room for 10 minutes. He didn't examine me and charged me $300.
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Lucille in Albuquerque, NM 87122 – Mar 04, 2016
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I have gone to Dr. Narin for many many years. He has always been compassionate and concerned with my pain issues and has tried to help me as much as anyone could. He has answered any questions I have and listens to any alternative medicine solutions I brought to him.
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About Me

Care Philosophy

We focus on treating patients with interventional Pain Solutions. Specifically, Dr. Nairn does injections for pain. As a small private practice Interventional...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Pain Management

Education

1997
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1996
University of Chicago Hosps
Residency Hospital
1993
University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System
Internship Hospital
1992
Oregon Health Sciences University
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

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Locations

Pain Solutions

Pain Solutions LLC8080 Academy Rd Ne Albuquerque, NM 87111
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Lovelace Medical Center

Albuquerque, NM

68% Patient experience rating, 1% lower than the national average

Lovelace Medical Center - Gibson

Albuquerque, NM

Lovelace Westside Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

Lovelace Women's Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Presbyterian Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
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