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Dr. Joseph Chen, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation ·  Male · Age 49

Dr. Chen

Dr. Joseph Chen, MD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist in Iowa City, IA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from The Warren Alpert Medical School Of Brown University in 1996 and specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine.


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Dr. Chen accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
American Republic
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
CareOregon
Medicaid
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance PPO
Health Net
Medicaid
Tricare
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Medicaid
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Tricare
Husky Health
Medicaid
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Medica
Medicaid
Medicaid
Midwest Health Plan
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Medicaid
Peach State Health Plan
Medicaid
Principal Life
Simply Healthcare Plans
Medicaid
Staywell (Wellcare)
Medicaid
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicaid
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Wellcare of Georgia
Medicaid
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Alliance Select

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Dr. Chen's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Chronic Pain
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Treatment Frequency

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

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

Fibromyalgia
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Fibromyalgia more than 99% of his peers

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Deposition Disease-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Epstein Barr Virus-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Major Depressive Disorder-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Primary Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Secondary Fibromyalgia
  • Sleep Disturbance-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Tension Myositis-Related Fibromyalgia
Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Chen treats Low Back Pain more than 99% of his peers

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

Dr. Chen's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tension Headache
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

About Me

Care Philosophy

Many physicians underestimate the human body's ability to heal itself.  If you don't have a tumor, fracture, or infection, the best treatment is to understand what is going on.  I view my role as a physician similar to a teacher except that...

Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Injury Medicine

Education

2000
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Residency Hospital
1997
Mayo Clinic-Rochester
Internship Hospital
1996
The Warren Alpert Medical School Of Brown University
Medical School
1992
Brown University / Alpert Medical School
Undergraduate School
2000
1997
1996
1992

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Based on 12 reviews

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Talks over you , don’t let you finish a sentence . Was an hour late getting to me then he took a few quick minutes with me - I felt like I was being pushed out the door - time to go home . If I had to pick a doctor he definitely would be the last on the list . His ego and know it all is more important than me as a person in pain . My job sent me to him.He tried to explain that maybe it’s not as bad as I think it is . withbmusding 2 work days for hysterectomy. I think I tolerate a lot . Who is he
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I agree with the excellent comments. He spends so much time explaining why my pain isn't "in my head". I wish other doctors would treat me like this.
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Seven years after a work related back injury the work comp ins. co. didn't want to continue to pay my chiropractic bills even though it was agreed on at the time my work comp case was settled . They contacted Dr. Chen and set me up an appt. with him and I was told by Dr. Chen that he did not believe in chiro. care and only a small percentage of people get relief from chiro. care so he agreed with the ins. company and they took my chiro. care away and that was part of my pain management .
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Thanks to Dr. Chen I lived in excruciating pain for 7 years because he refused to try to explore the cause of my hip pain after a bad fall and tried to blame the continuing pain on weight gain even though I was below my BMI ( I weighed 137 and am 5' 3). I felt hopeless. I finally went to another Dr. at a different facility and he felt an MRI was a good idea and guess what. All those years I had been living with a labral tear in my hip which was surgically repaired. No thanks to Dr. Chen.
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