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Dr. Kaly Kao, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation ·  Male

Dr. Kao

Palo Alto Med Foundation - SC

2911 Chanticleer Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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Dr. Kaly Kao, MD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. He specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation.


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(831) 458-6240

Dr. Kao accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
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Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Kao's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Fibromyalgia
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kao treats Fibromyalgia more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Kao treats this condition more than 97% 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
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kao treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Kao treats this condition more than 96% 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
Coccygeal Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kao treats Coccygeal Pain more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Kao treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Kao's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • 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
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

About Me

Biography

Dr. Kaly Kao, MD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. He specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation.

Specialties

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Dr. Kao refused to help me with my struggle with back pain. He was cold, would not give me injections or medication to alleviate the pain, although I have had decades of compassionate caring physiatrists and neurologists who did care. His only advice is to go to a pain center, and read a book on stretching. Most uncompassionate.
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after reading a couple of reviews i had my doubts about my up coming visit . all i can say is don't believe every thing you read on the internet . my experience was good , he was what i look for in a dr . he listened , informative and seemed to have a good understanding of how to proceed . i know we all have different experiences , mine was good . i have an upcoming appointment and if something changes will let you know for now thumbs up
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I won’t return to Dr Kao. Experiencing pain from spinal stenosis and peripheral neuropathy. Gives me epidural and pain actually increased. Dismissed increased pain and dismissed possibility that it had aggravated neuropathy pain. I spoke to two other doctors who said it was a real possibility. Instead of moving forward with ablation as he had previously discussed he said I need an implant to control pain and referred me to Stanford. I will find another willing to thoroughly discuss options.
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I am so happy my primary care md referred me to Dr. Kao and his staff. For 10 years I had been struggling with misdiagnosed hip and leg pain since the aches were so atypical for what other doc's thought was the issue. Within 1 appt and an MRI, I was properly diagnosed and consequently treated for a lumbar issue which was causing referred pain. I have received great care and compassion from Dr. Kao and his PA, including extremely prompt call backs, thorough explanations of issues, etc.
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Met with Dr. Kao to review my MRI. He did explain it thoroughly to me. He complained about my insurance taking up to 2 weeks to get approvals for an epidural [it took 4 days]. Oh and he offered to do the epidural for $10,000 if I didn't want to wait for insurance! I explained it takes 3 weeks to get an appt. with him. Increased pain after epidural so I went in to see him. Told me to "wait and see" what happens and charged me $400 for the visit. I won't go back. Pain is not his problem.
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I saw dr. Kao 4 my back pain in january . He gave me a shot of cortisone. Now i,m pain free and back 2 work. Thanks, dr.kao! ??
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