Dr. Justin Averna, DO

Pain MedicineMaleAge 41

Dr. Averna
Accepting new patients

New Mexico Orthopaedics

2100 Louisiana Blvd NE Ste 410 Albuquerque, NM 87110

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(505) 724-4300

Dr. Justin Averna, DO is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Albuquerque, NM. He is affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Averna to book an appointment.

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Dr. Averna's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Dr. Averna treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 100% of his peers

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

Coccygeal Pain
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Dr. Averna treats Coccygeal Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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very high

Treatment Frequency

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

Dr. Averna 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. Averna's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chest Wall Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fluoroscopic-Guided Hip Injection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gait Analysis
  • Ganglion Impar Block
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Kyphosis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Migraine
  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurostimulation
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pain Management Through Physical Therapy
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Averna's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Averna

4.8

Based on 80 ratings

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Dr Averna is the first doctor to listen to me. He took the time to find out all of my symptoms, what my day to day looked like and what activities made my pain better and worse. He was very patient to explain my diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr Averna’s treatment plan helped my pain and took away the debilitating headaches I have had for the last 20 years. He is so kind. I have recommended so many people to him and will continue to. He is one of the best doctors I have ever seen!
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
4 people found this helpful
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Sep 24, 2021
I was very disappointed with this doctor. Rushed through pictures and had to ask him to back up and slow down for explanation of my condition. Was completely rushed and ended up running out of the room saying he wouldn't help or recommend other dr's to me. Felt completely lost, and was no further along with answers than when I went in. Maybe even worse off because of dismissive attitude exhibited by this dr. Was fooled by number of positive reviews.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
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
1 person found this helpful
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Sep 18, 2021
Unfortunately, there are some patients I can't...Read More
Hands down the best! Upon meeting Dr Averna you realize right away why he's a specialist in back pain and that you are in good hands. He is thorough and confident in his ability and he will answer your questions in a way that makes sense. He understands having gone through multiple back surgeries himself, he knows what its like being on the other side as a patient, his compassion leads the way and his bedside manner is irreproachable. On top of all that, Dr Averna is a really cool guy, I have fun with him and his staff every time I'm in there! This is an easy review to write and I could go on and on. If you are scrolling through these, this is the answer your looking for, YES! Call and make an appt! I send everyone I know who is suffering with back pain, knowing they will thank me. (i just have to say, whoever gave one star is out of their mind and clearly has bigger issues than their back 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
7 people found this helpful
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Kimberly Ambrose – Sep 06, 2021
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I had my first visit with Dr. Averna today and based on my experience with him and his staff, I would highly recommend Dr. Averna. He and his staff were professional, respectful, and caring; taking the time to ensure I understood the x-rays and the recommended follow-up care. I've been living with this chronic condition for just over 3 years and Dr. Averna was the first one to actually sit down with me and explain everything and answer my questions without me feeling hurried or ignorant. I appreciate him and his staff.
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
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
6 people found this helpful
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raChelle – Sep 02, 2021
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I read all the reviews prior to my visit and was expecting a great experience. Unfortunately, I had the same experience as the other person who rated him a 1 star. He was very rude, arrogant, disrespectful, and incredibly.... unprofessional. He rushed through my scans and when I had questions acted as if I was ignorant and that he didn't have the time or desire to explain anything. I've never encountered a more hostile or unprofessional Dr in my entire life. Like the other 1 star reviewer I left the appointment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
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
1 person found this helpful
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Aug 26, 2021
I never established a physician-patient...Read More
Amazing doctor, very professional, knowledgeable, great bedside manner. I recommend seeing Dr. Averna if you can.
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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Aug 11, 2021
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Dr. Averna is awesome! I have herniated lumbar and cervical discs which are causing pinched nerves and after countless chiropractic and PT, I felt out of hope. Finally landed at New Mexico Orthopaedics where Dr. Averna truly investigated the cause and was able to give me a real diagnosis. The tests and procedures are straightforward and he has me on a path to recovery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
8 people found this helpful
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Max N. – Jul 11, 2021
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Dr. Averna is very thorough. He listens, explains information in a competent way to promote understanding. When I saw him for lower back pain, he was a great advocate for me to recieve a minimally invasive procedure rather than a major surgery as a first option. I'm incredibly satisfied with his help and would recommend him to anyone.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Jun 01, 2021
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I really appreciate Dr. Averna. He's always professional, respectful, attentive, and thorough. When he was talking to me, I could tell that he really reviewed my health history (records, charts, MRI, etc.). He genuinely cares about his patients and it's clear that he cares about his patients' well-being and care. He takes patients into account and shows compassion in the care he provides. Dr. Averna is an excellent doctor!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • 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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Jun 01, 2021
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He is a renown specialist in HDRD. World class. Highly recommend
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
7 people found this helpful
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Indeego schrotum – May 03, 2021
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Dr Averna is just a phenomenal human being and an even better doctor. I have never met anyone more compassionate than 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
7 people found this helpful
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May 02, 2021
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Awesome doctor who truly cares
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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May 02, 2021
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Oh my gosh he was so nice! very professional. every question got answered really thoroughly. finally I've found an expert that also listens! on top of that he really knows what he is doing. Highly recommend!
What went well
  • 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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May 02, 2021
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I could not be more pleased and happy with the treatment and expertise of Dr. Averna. He is patient and kind and listens to you. He treats you like family. I have been in pain for several months due to possibly and accident or just age and he has taken steps to help alleviate the pain. I have recommended Dr. Averna to others. I trust his medical decisions and procedures completely. Thank you Dr. Averna.
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
6 people found this helpful
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Christine – Apr 20, 2021
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Dr. Averna is an outstanding doctor who is a credit to his profession & N.M Orthopedics. I have & will continue to trust him to treat members of my family. I have recommended him to my coworkers several times. I can't say this about the many doctors I've seen in 63 years of my life. But will say this Dr. Averna without reservations. M.A.R.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Tony A Ramirez – Mar 03, 2021
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I could not be more pleased with the treatment and expertise of Dr. Averna and his people. I have always been a sceptic of needles and terrified of surgery. In my case, I needed both and the surgery became a real necessity after the seriousness of my condition was exposed. Dr.Averna walked me through this process with speed and expertise. He was caring and concerned about me. He was patient, professional and was not “rushed” when we met. This is very important! I had to go alone and I was scared. Finding out I needed major surgery was scary too. The recovery sounded really scary! When I went to the hospital to be admitted, instead of scared, I felt like I had an entire team of doctors monitoring and focused on my case. 6 weeks after surgery, I know I still do. It all started with Dr. Averna. At my very first appointment, I told him how much pain I was always in, and that I just had gotten used to it. He said, “my job is to get you out of pain.” That is EXACTLY what he is doing. 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
9 people found this helpful
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JoAnn – Mar 02, 2021
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I was having issues with numbness from my upper arm to my fingertips on both sides, mostly on my right side. I didn't really have much pain but numbness is just not something to mess with. Dr. Averna gave me an injection in my neck that alleviated the problem by 90% or more.
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
11 people found this helpful
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Larry Gallegos – Feb 19, 2021
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Dr. Averna practices medicine the way one wishes all providers would. First and foremost, he listens attentively, which results in care and health recommendations best suited to his patient's condition and concerns. I know this to be uniformly true, not only because of my personal experience but also because I have friends who likewise have benefitted from his medical approach and expertise. I especially appreciate Dr. Averna's belief in using the least medical intervention to achieve the best possible results. To this end, he doesn't hesitate to consult with colleagues when appropriate. Too, he cares enough about his patients to follow through right away - so much so that he actually called me the evening following my appointment with him in order to bring me up to date immediately regarding a consultation he had with another doctor. I have complete confidence in Dr. Averna, and I recommend him without reservation.
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
11 people found this helpful
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Marilyn Thurlo – Feb 17, 2021
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On Feb. 5, 2021, Dr. Averna completed a spinal injection in my lower back. It has been one week and I feel better than I have in many years! He explained the procedure in detail and told me that it would take approximately 2 weeks for the steroid to take full effect.
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
11 people found this helpful
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Jeffrey Kokos – Feb 13, 2021
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Dr. Averna is an excellent provider and a true expert in his field. After seeing nearly a dozen other providers (DC, DPT, MD, DN) who were unable to diagnose my issue, Dr. Averna immediately identified a herniated disc, which was confirmed by MRI days later. Dr. Averna administered an epidural injection to treat my herniated disc in a seamless process that took less than an hour. As promised by Dr. Averna, the difference was "night and day." I never experienced any pain from the procedure (not even at the injection site) and was able to resume normal activity after a few days. Only two days after the injection, I was able to bend forward without any pain, something I had not done in over a year. I am about 4 months out from the procedure and I am still pain free. The epidural allowed me to perform the restorative exercises and therapy needed to address my disc issues. If you are suffering from back pain, you owe to yourself to seek treatment and Dr. Averna is an excellent choice.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • 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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M. Winston – Jan 16, 2021
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I have had 3 spine surgeries. I *get* your pain. I can truly empathize with my patients and this helps guide a comprehensive treatment plan. 

I also serve as an Expert Witness.

Biography

I grew up in Albuquerque and did most of my medical training in Philadelphia, PA.  In 2016, I returned to New Mexico with my beautiful wife...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

University of New Mexico Hospitals
Fellowship Hospital
Moss Rehab Hosp-Temple U Sch Med
Residency Hospital
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical School
2013
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Internship Hospital
University of New Mexico / Main Campus
Undergraduate School
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Awards

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What are Dr. Justin Averna, DO's top areas of care?

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

Where is Dr. Justin Averna, DO's office located?

Dr. Averna's office is located at 2100 Louisiana Blvd NE Ste 410, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

New Mexico Orthopaedics

New Mexico Orthopaedics Assocs2100 Louisiana Blvd NE Ste 410 Albuquerque, NM 87110
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Presbyterian Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

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

23 Awards Received

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