Dr. Marina Protopapas, DO

Pain Medicine •  Female • Age 46
  
Dr. Protopapas
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

National Spine & Pain Centers

3620 Joseph Siewick Dr Ste 101 Fairfax, VA 22033

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Dr. Marina Protopapas, DO is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Protopapas has more experience with Spine and Pain Management than other specialists in her area. She is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Protopapas to book an appointment.


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What a disappointment! After waiting 2 months to get an appointment to see Dr. Protopapas, I was expecting more. She told me that because I had too many trigger points, she would not be able to do anything for me. I was expecting her to come up with a treatment plan but she just told me go to the rheumatologist or another type of physician and take fibromyalgia medications (effective in only 10% of the population) with terrible side effects. Since then, I have gone to another doctor who prescribed physical therapy, trigger point injections, and a psychology referral, and I am finally starting to feel better. Don't be fooled by a doctor's fancy schooling that they have the knowledge base to treat your disease better. It is better to find a doctor who is willing to work with you rather than brushing you off.
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Henry – Jun 02, 2020
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My husband went to Dr. Protopapas 4.5 years ago for a herniated disc in his lower back. At the time of first visit, my husband could barely walk. Dr. P. fit my husband in after seeing his condition and after the first visit he felt 75% better and after second visit, he was back to 99% I went to Dr. P when I was told I had a pinched nerve in my neck. Xray and MRI supported that I had degenerative bone disease. After several months of PT and nerve meds, the pain still existed. I told my primary care and nerve specialist that the shoulder was rubbing on another bone or muscle and that it continued to hurt. She was the first Dr. to listen and after my first my relief was amazing. I am hoping my second visit will be the magic touch for me as well.
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Jan 31, 2020
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I would never see anyone but Dr. Protopapas. Her hands are sent from angels! I am never in pain during my shots and always fearless in her hands.
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May 31, 2019
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Dr. Protopapas is unbelievably superb as a Dr. and as a person. In the first treatment, she took me from almost being unable to walk and in immense pain to being ably to sit perfectly comfortable in a restaurant tall chair two hours later. Followup treatments continued to improve my condition and now I am back to my original self. No surgery, no pain; paint a happy face here. Her love for her work and concern for her patients is outstanding shows constantly.
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Ed in Chantilly, VA – Jan 10, 2019
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Avoid at all costs! This is the most chaotic medical practice I have ever seen. Convincing Dr. P. to talk to my insurance company for an MRI was an ordeal - I had to reschedule repeatedly. When I finally had results, I talked to Jessica, her physician's assistant. She told me I had three herniations in my lumbar, but a second opinion showed she was flat wrong. Jessica also said paralysis was a concern - wrong again. Yet I had to live with that absurd fear for several days. Crazily incompetent.
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Fairfax – Dec 08, 2018
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When you schedule an appointment you have to wait 1-3 hours to be seen. They try to charge ridiculous fees. Their front office staff is absolutely the worst! Vanessa(?) hung up on me. Their front office manager Eric called me to argue and was so rude and condescending. Then he told me I wouldn’t be charged a no show fee to turn around and bill me $75! Now they won’t call back and their billing is out of state. Do NOT go here! Rude staff and managers. I tell my chiropractor do not refer here!
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Amanda – May 31, 2018
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Dr. Protopapas and her staff are excellent! Pain is not something most people can see just by looking at you, but she and her wonderful NP, Nargis, can tell! They acknowledge my pain and do their best to get me relief. Dr. P remembers things I tell her and helps me feel like I am important to her as a person, not just a patient. I highly recommend Dr. Protopapas and her practice to anyone who is looking for relief from pain.
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Becky Wilson in Herndon – May 29, 2018
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The Office is often full of patients who are seldom seen by the Dr. It appears that the physician's assistants see the patients for most of the appointments. When you get an appointment to be seen by Dr. Protopapas, actually, you are seen by one of the assistants, not by Dr. Protopapas. And they don't tell you that. Maybe, provider's policy or she does not have good communication with her patients, assistants and other staff. Dr. Protopapas: Your reputation is in stake with these rude assistants
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I. Cakal in Fairfax, VA – May 15, 2018
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The office staff is great. Dr. Protopapas is amazing.
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Chuck in Fairfax, VA – Feb 22, 2018
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This clinic is the worst place for a patient to go make appointments. I had a terrible experience visiting this office. During a severe pain condition I went to see Dr. Protopapas but instead her PA (Jessica) saw me. PA prescribed 4 types of medicine for the pain but none of them helped relieve the pain that gave me side effects. After dealing with pain I called after the weekend to make urgent appt the staff (Eric) declined to make an appt instead argued with me and hung up the phone on me.
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Feb 14, 2018
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I really wanted to give Dr. P a higher rating. I have been seeing her for 8+ yrs and have had good results. However, I think her practice has gotten too "big for their britches" as they say. I went back to see her several weeks ago for neck and shoulder pain. I went and got my MRI an Xray. On my follow up I was only able to see the PA who offered zero insight into what is causing my pain. She did offer to give me an injection in my shoulder to "see what happens". Very Disappointing.
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Reston, VA – Feb 09, 2017
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About Me

Biography

Marina G. Protopapas, D.O. is practicing out of National Spine & Pain Centers' Fair Oaks, VA center. She is diligent and thoughtful in the practice of her profession. With an unwavering focus on quality of care, she takes an individualized and comprehensive approach with each patient.

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

Harvard Medical School
Residency Hospital

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • English

Awards

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(571) 512-7000

Dr. Protopapas accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Select
Anthem
Balanced-VA PPO
BlueCare-VA
BlueChoice Adv Open Access (Select Network)-VA
Bronze OAEPO-VA
Bronze-VA PPO
Commonwealth of Virginia
Essential KeyCare-VA
Gold OAEPO-VA
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HealthKeepers Bronze OAPOS-VA
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HealthKeepers Bronze-VA
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HealthKeepers Catastrophic-VA
HealthKeepers Gold OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Gold Pathway OAPOS-VA
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Individual KeyCare HSA-VA
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KeyCare-VA POS
KeyCare-VA PPO
Lumenos HSA-VA
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Option I-VA
Pathway Tiered Hospital-VA
Pathway X Tiered Hospital Network-VA
Platinum OAEPO-VA
Platinum-VA PPO
Silver OAEPO-VA
Silver-VA PPO
The Local Choice-VA
Virginia Advantage
Virginia Basic
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthKeepers HMO
KeyCare PPO
Assurant Health
AvMed
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Choice Advantage
Blue Choice Network POS
Blue Preferred PPO
CareFirst Maryland POS
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
Carelink PPO
Southern Health PPO
Coventry Health Care of Virginia
Coventry Health Care of Virginia HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Virginia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.

Typically treats 78% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Coccygeal Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Protopapas treats Coccygeal Pain more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Protopapas treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

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

Treatment Frequency

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

Dr. Protopapas treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Protopapas treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Protopapas treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

Typically treats 63% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 18 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Protopapas treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Protopapas treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

Steroid Injection
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Protopapas performs Steroid Injection more than 89% of their peers

Dr. Protopapas performs this procedure more than 89% of their peers

Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Protopapas performs Myofascial Trigger Point Injection more than 89% of their peers

Dr. Protopapas performs this procedure more than 89% of their peers

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Dr. Protopapas' conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • 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
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chest Wall Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • 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
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leukodystrophy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • 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
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tension Headache
  • Torticollis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Locations

National Spine & Pain Centers

National Spine & Pain Centers - Fair Oaks3620 Joseph Siewick Dr Ste 101 Fairfax, VA 22033
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  • Hours
    • Mon: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Fairfax, VA

78% Patient experience rating, 9% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)