Dr. Craig Nairn, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 57

Pain Medicine

Dr. Craig Nairn, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Albuquerque, NM and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. 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. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Craig Nairn, MD

Pain Solutions

8080 Academy Rd Ne Albuquerque, NM 87111 ()
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(505) 247-9700

Telehealth available

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Dr. Nairn's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Chronic Pain
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Dr. Nairn treats Chronic Pain more than 99% of his peers

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

Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nairn treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 99% of his peers

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

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nairn treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 89% of his peers

Dr. Nairn treats this condition more than 89% 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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Dr. Nairn's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • 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 Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Injection
  • 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
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • 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 Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(505) 247-9700

Dr. Nairn accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicare
Presbyterian Health Plan
Commercial

Dr. Nairn's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nairn

3.6

Based on 39 ratings

5 Stars
61.53846153846154%
(24)
4 Stars
2.5641025641025643%
(1)
3 Stars
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2 Stars
5.128205128205129%
(2)
1 Star
30.76923076923077%
(12)
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S.G.B for PTSD
I suffer from PTSD. I was there to get a S.G.B shot. I have been having issues going to doctors offices because of it. I asked the nurse if I could have my girlfriend come in with me. She asked the doctor and he said, "Yes." When Dr. Nairn came in the patient room, he was so friendly and informative about the procedure. He allowed my girlfriend to come in and observe. He made me so at ease. I've been to a lot of doctors. He by far, was my favorite. Seriously. I read previous reviews and it doesn't seem like they are talking about the gentleman that I met. I would and have recommended him for the procedure I had done.
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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Jay Todd – Feb 05, 2022
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I will never return, I don't trust the medical care of Dr. Nairn or his staff. The doctor and his staff do not provide the level of care required in a medical setting, they also lack professionalism and empathy. This is a sub-standard clinic. Buyer beware.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Aug 29, 2021
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Excellent
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Aug 03, 2021
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How do you cancel a appointment
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
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george t horne – Mar 28, 2021
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Great Dr and staff! Caring and considerate. Always striving to seek out the most recent treatments available to address my chronic pain. I truly appreciate all the fine people at Pain Solutions. Thanks!!
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
3 people found this helpful
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Mark Pickle – Mar 01, 2021
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Not a good doctor! No pain relief! All about the money!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • 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
4 people found this helpful
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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
  • 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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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.
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
3 people found this helpful
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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.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
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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!
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
8 people found this helpful
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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
5 people found this helpful
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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!
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
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
2 people found this helpful
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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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • 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
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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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.
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
5 people found this helpful
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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. :)
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
2 people found this helpful
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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.
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
5 people found this helpful
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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.
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
3 people found this helpful
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Rosemary Traub in Albuquerque, NM – Oct 27, 2016
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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
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Craig Nairn, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Nairn has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Craig Nairn, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Craig Nairn, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Nairn frequently treats Chronic Pain, Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome, and Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Nairn treats.

Where is Dr. Craig Nairn, MD's office located?

Dr. Nairn's office is located at 8080 Academy Rd Ne, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Craig Nairn, MD speak?

Dr. Nairn speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Pain Solutions

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

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

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Lovelace Medical Center

Albuquerque, NM

62% Patients that would definitely recommend, 8% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Lovelace Medical Center - Gibson

Albuquerque, NM

1 Award Received

Lovelace Westside Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

71% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Lovelace Women's Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

67% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Presbyterian Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

73% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% higher than the national average

22 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)