Dr. Marc Swanson, MD


Pain Medicine | Male

Dr. Marc Swanson, MD

Dr. Marc Swanson, MD is a pain medicine doctor who practices in Salem, VA. He is 62 years old and has been practicing for 37 years. Dr. Swanson is affiliated with Lewisgale Medical Center.

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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Rocky mount , va |
My dad suffers from CHRONIC pain.. Dr.Swanson was rude and did not try to help him at all whatsoever. Wrote him a script for MORPHINE and did not even take the time to explain this drug. Horrible experience. He's awful. Not there to help people at all. Don't recommend to anyone.
in Roanoke, VA |
He did not read my chart before seeing me each time, and what he said we would not next was not at all what he did. The staff wouldn't return phone calls. The office manager was very unpleasant when I complained. I did not want and did not receive pain medicine. I wanted treatment for post shingle pain. The nerve block treatments he gave were not helpful. He was not responsive when I said the blocks were not working. I switched to another dr who helped me immediately with a different block.
in Gretna, VA |
I have been with Dr. Swanson for over eight years now and I have never had a problem with him. Hey takes time to listen and also explain any questions that you have he has gotten. He does not overmedicate his patients he has exercises that they can do that will help take the pain away. He brings true in every three months to monitor you and that is a good thing. If you are looking for a good doctor I recommend Dr. Swanson
in Hardy, VA |
Dr. Swanson initially continued with the medication I had been on for 8 1/2 years (Lortab 10 + nyproxen) as prescribed by a doc in his own building (I was diagnosed with DDD). When I made the mistake of stating I had done something to my back + spent 3 days on my couch WO eating, tears in my eyes + shaking, he immediately told me I was having "withdrawal" +cut me back to 50mg of Nucynta. Calling his office to complain I couldn't sleep or function did nothing. No one returned my calls. Terrible.
in Roanoke, VA |
can not talk directly to anyone at your office. I just want to speak to someone to answer some of my questions. Very poor communications.
in Christiansburg |
I have been treated by Dr. Swanson for over 8 years. He listens carefully to what I have to say and seem genuinely interested in what I have to say and how I am feeling. This is a very rare trait in doctors these days.
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Dr. Swanson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • 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)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Medical School
    West Virginia University

    Graduated in 1980

  • Internship Hospital
    Vanderbilt University
  • Residency Hospital
    University of Virginia

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Pain Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection