Dr. Matthew Schaeffer, MD

Dr. Matthew Schaeffer, MD

Spine Physiatry  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 47
Dr. Matthew Schaeffer, MD is a spine physiatry specialist in West Chester, PA and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from Stanford University in 1998 and specializes in spine physiatry, pain medicine, and more.Read his story

915 Old Fern Hill Rd # 1B-A

West Chester, PA 19380

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Keystone Health Plan East
  • Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 98% of peers

Dr. Schaeffer's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Schaeffer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Schaeffer "Education Residency Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford California Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Year Graduated: 2002 Chief Resident: 2001-2002 Internship Lankenau Hospital Wynnewood, Pennsylvania Internal Medicine Resident Year Graduated: 1999 Medical School Temple University School of Medicine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Degree: Doctor of Medicine Year Graduated: 1998 Undergraduate Emory University Atlanta, Georgia Degree: Bachelor of Arts Year Graduated: 1993 Professional Experience Private Practice - Chester County Orthopaedic Asssociates a division a Premier Orthopaedics. 915 Old Fern Hill Road suite 100. West Chester PA. April 2006- presentPrivate Practice – The Reading Neck and Spine Center. 1270 Broadcasting Road. Wyomissing, PA 19610. Private Practice - Mt Tam Orthopedics Spine Center. 2 Bon Air Road, Suite 120. Larkspur CA 94939. EMG STAT – Owner and president of company providing outpatient electordiagnostic evaluations. 6 Maentel Drive West Chester PA 19382. June 2003- March 2012. Hospital Affiliations The Chester County Hospital 701 East Marshall Street West Chester PA 19380 Turks Head Surgery Center 915 Old Fern Hill Road Building B, Suite 100 West Chester, PA 19380 Board Certification and Medical Licensure American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003-2013, 2013-2023 American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, 2004-2014 Age Management Education Foundation and Age Management Medicine Group, November, 2012 Pennsylvania Medical License: Issued September 13, 2004 California Medical License: Issued August 27, 1999 Drug Enforcement Agency Number: Issued May 5, 2000 Professional Memberships Spinal Intervention Society (SIS) Age Managament Medicine Group (AMMG)"
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Schaeffer "Dr. Schaeffer believes that over 90% of all neck and back pain can be successfully treated without surgery. As a top back doctor, he focuses on finding the cause of the pain and providing thorough education to patients. Treatment begins with a thorough examination and may include diagnostic testing, a comprehensive physical therapy plan, oral and topical medications, fluoroscopically guided epidural and spine injections and alternative therapeutic exercises..."

3  Specialties

  • Spine Physiatry
  • Pain Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

79  Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Impairment
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back Sprain
  • Back Strain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Muscle Strain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • 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
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Pinched Nerve in Neck
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Fibromyalgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Bulbar Motor Neuropathy
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Upper Back Pain
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30  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Emory University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • Stanford University
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Temple University / School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Lankenau Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Stanford University Hospital & Clinic
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Schaeffer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Schaeffer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Schaeffer to family and friends
38 total reviews (10 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (38)

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Dr. Schaeffer's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (10)

Dr Schaefer is a very attentive Dr. I really felt that he was listening to what I was saying, and cared about my physical well being. I would diffently recommend seeing him
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I can't write to much right now since I haven't had the procedure yet but I'm betting on it's going to be great
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Worst doctor I have ever seen, honestly. I was supposed to see a woman, even requested it (personal decision), but instead he came in and told me there was some kind of mix-up. He's the most condescending, arrogant doctor I've ever met. Rushed out in under 5 minutes, seemed annoyed and impatient...more
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Walked in 45 minutes late and greeted me as 'dude' I'm at least 25 years older then this 'dude' Very sarcastic, kept saying I went to ' standford' Something really wrong at that office.
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My mom was suffering from disc issues/ back pain.. Dr Schaeffer spoke with her about the different options, and was able to do back injections for her and it relieved her pain. Showed care and compassion and took his time with her. She was in and out of the hospital( 3 times) for severe pain...more
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