Dr. James Choo, MD

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Dr. Choo

Pain Consultnts East Tennessee

1128 E Weisgarber Rd Ste 100 Knoxville, TN 37909

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(865) 579-0552

Dr. James Choo, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Knoxville, TN and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Univ Of Tn Hlth Sci Ctr medical school in 2004. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Choo to book an appointment.

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No malpractice claims found for Tennessee
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. Choo's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Choo treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Choo treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 99% of his peers

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

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Choo treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Choo treats this condition more than 98% 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. Choo's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Back Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(865) 579-0552

Dr. Choo accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
American Republic
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
AvMed
Open Access
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Network S
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
CoreSource
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MedHealthInsurance
Medicaid
Special Needs Plan SNP
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
National Elevator
POMCO Group
UniCare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
Virginia Health Network
Choice Care PPO
Wells Fargo Insurance

Dr. Choo's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Choo

3.3

Based on 36 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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Choo is the worst health care provider in the profession! Why? Because he doesn’t provide care. He’s only concerned about money. I have one of the most painful diseases known to man and it has no cure. My pain will never get better and my only hope to any fragment of quality of life is with opioid pain medication. He plays God with peoples lives and to alleviate human suffering is not in his vocabulary. If you truly live life in chronic pain, never listen to a doctor who tells you that you’re at the maximum dosage. They’re lying to you! Check with the FDA, there is no such thing as limits on dosage foAll this jerk wants is to talk you into his occupational therapy area. I don’t need therapy, I need opioid pain medication and he refuses. I hope you read this Choo. You don’t even deserve to be called a doctor, that title is only deserved and reserved for a human that cares about another humans quality of life. And you don’t even come close!! Prospective patients you have been warned!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Lisa A. – Jun 14, 2021
Absolutely horrible. Terrible bedside manner and disgusting,” I know everything,” attitude. “Dr” Choo is very jaded. He assumes everyone is in it for drugs. Disgusting human being and an incompetent,”doctor.”
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
2 people found this helpful
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ActuallyItsMe – Aug 07, 2020
I have been a chronic pain patient for over 10 years. I was in the Tennova Pain Center for many years on high levels of opiates and procedures that didn’t help. I came to Pain Consultants when the state closed Tennova and I have NOTHING but praise for these doctors and this pain center. Dr Browder has retired now, so I am seeing Dr Choo for consults and procedures. I have been struggling with neck pain for 15 years, and acute neck pain for 2 years. After surgery was unsuccessful in relieving my pain, I received a procedure that has absolutely almost obliterated my pain. For a chronic pain patient, this relief brings tears. Dr Choo is extremely knowledgeable about the opiate crisis, adverse childhood experiences, and procedures that ease pain without the use of heavy opiates. Their center has everything a chronic pain patient needs, from psychological assessment, to physical therapy and surgery center. Best gift I’ve ever received from a doctor, at none.
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
3 people found this helpful
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Marilyn Maines – Jul 28, 2020
I do not like PCET. Overall it feels like it is an assembly line operation. Perhaps I still carry a jaded view of the practice from when they were advertising on TV some years back. At that time I was dismissed from their practice for "rudeness" because I wanted more than just to go there monthly for a med RX - I wanted a real strategy for dealing with my spinal pain issues. I was not rude, but I did fill out a patient complaint form because I was upset back then about how it had become a "pill mill." Then recently I was referred back there for procedures and now instead of a pill mill it is like an assembly line - they don't give you any time to rest and recover after procedures, they just can't get you up and dressed and out of their building fast enough!
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
2 people found this helpful
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Jul 11, 2020
Horrible! He pushes the "classes" and requires one to come to his office every other week. If you don't, then you are out regarding your meds. Talk about 1984 (the book)! These people at his clinic are all about money. Why must one have a middleman between himself and his primary care physician in Tennessee? As I am a double amputee and have a great deal of phantom pain as well as pressure pain from my prosthetics, I am required by Choo to have to spend money every 2 weeks to go there.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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
3 people found this helpful
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Zoe – May 15, 2020
?? per cent pain free from lower back pain after years of a daily regimen of opioids I am free from them thanks to DR.CHOO and his friendly staff my (RFA) treatment works great.I recommend DR.CHOO to anyone looking for real relief from chronic back pain.i had forgotten what life was all about between the chronic pain and the opioids plus the destruction opioids was raging on my body and mind.DR.CHOO and staff are to be highly praised for their work,THANK YOU DR.CHOO ??
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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R.bingham in TN – Feb 15, 2019
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Choo and his staff. I appreciate that Dr. Choo offers for other treatments other than just medications. I have just finished my second injection with him and my pain relief is unbelievable. When you fight severe pain on a daily basis, it dominates you and your life. I had forgotten how amazing life can be to be almost completely pain free. I encourage others to see Dr. Choo to see if he can help reduce or eliminate your pain.
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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Feb 05, 2019
Chronic pain sufferers should steer clear of this quackish little man. He can't fix anything. Will not return calls after failed operations. Terrible bedside manners. Treats his staff like slaves and dummies. Can't figure out how he still bills himself as a pain management doctor. Avoid. Avoid.Avoid.
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
6 people found this helpful
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CKB in TN – Jan 09, 2019
They want to have you come weekly. People were in there crying in pain, who should have been home not pushing their abilities and coming weely. They want to do epidurals in your spine & do them, which are not FDA approved because they often cause Arachnoiditis-one of the most painful conditions known, death & paralysis. They sat me in a room telling me they want to do surgery on me and pushing a spinal stimulator & when I tried saying no, I was told to be quiet!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Kodak – Feb 04, 2018
Excellent! Has helped give me my life back! I recommend him highly!
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
5 people found this helpful
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Ann in Oak Ridge, TN – Apr 07, 2017
I couldn't get the sliding scale to work, I'm. 52-year-old and I see Dr Choo. and his staff every month and a least every 3 to 6 months to have the nerves burnt in my neck and hopefully lower back soon. I love Dr. Choo and his staff I dont know what I would be without them they have helped me so much. They listen they take the time and really understand theyre NOT one of these fly by night pain clinics so if that's what you are looking for then Dr. Choo is not your doctor he cares
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
10 people found this helpful
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Angela P in Oak Ridge, TN – May 03, 2016

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Biography

Dr. James Choo, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Knoxville, TN and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Univ Of...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

Education

Ochsner Clin Fdn Hosp
Internship Hospital
2004
Univ Of Tn Hlth Sci Ctr
Medical School

Awards

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What are Dr. James Choo, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Choo frequently treats Chronic Pain, Osteoarthritis of Spine, and Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Choo treats.

Where is Dr. James Choo, MD's office located?

Dr. Choo's office is located at 1128 E Weisgarber Rd Ste 100, Knoxville, TN 37909. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Pain Consultnts East Tennessee

Pain Consultants of East Tennessee1128 E Weisgarber Rd Ste 100 Knoxville, TN 37909
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