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Dr. Matthew Schaeffer, MD

Spine Physiatry ·  Male · Age 48

Dr. Schaeffer

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400 McFarlan Rd Ste 100 Kennett Square, PA 19348

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Dr. Matthew Schaeffer, MD is a spine physiatry specialist in Kennett Square, PA and has been practicing for 16 years. He graduated from Stanford University in 1998 and specializes in spine physiatry, pain medicine, and more.


Dr. Schaeffer's Reviews

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3.8

Based on 53 reviews

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Worst experience with a doctor ever. He was 40 minutes late to start off with. Since my family Dr. had me on pain pills for a back injury, he said I was addicted to opiates and that was the reason I was in pain, which is not true. He said I had a tear and that he has a tear too and he is just fine. Well I am not just fine. He said the pain pills were making me be in pain. Then he said I'm done here, I can't help you.
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Pleasant office staff, remarkable doctor and assistant. Understanding and ready to continue working to find the perfect solution.
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Dr. Schaeffer is *beyond* well educated & trained. (See his bio!) *Therefore* - he *knows* his stuff!! He's very kind (tho may be tad irritable on occasion). But, he deals w/folks in mild-severe pain!! So in all, a patient & caring doc! He *stopped* my back spasms, (> 1 week of severe (9/10 pain), with injections! Ordered MRI - called me himself re: results! Have spine sxs OR pain?!: CALL Matt Schaeffer, MD. (Avoid Kennett office like plague. Receptdesk: Totally rude or Idiots!)
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Dr. Schaeffer is an engaged listener and does not assume your problem or rush you along. I am more than happy with our treatment plan and next steps if it doesn’t give expected results. Downsides, this practice is just TOO big...30 people in waiting room, feels like an assembly line, and billing is inaccurate frequently. Wish he was out on his own or in a smaller group.
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Personable and caring. He was helpful and provided me with good feedback. I gave 5 stars although i was seen 45 minutes late - that may not have been his fault
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Was very impressed with Dr. Schaeffers' professionalism and communication skills. He took a great deal of time to explain my various options. Also found him very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend him!
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Always friendly and professional! Takes time to explain your symptoms and test results and treatment plan.
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Happy with the testing ordered and treatment plan options. Quick and concise .
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Helpful, upbeat and knowledgeable, Dr Schaeffer listens to you and doesn't ignore your questions or concerns.
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Took the time to listen to how I wanted to understand my condition and options for treatment.
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Very good and personable Physician. My only complaint is that I had a 0830 appointment and wasn't seen until 0930. Not sure how they could be so far behind that early, I could only imagine later in the day what the wait will be.
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Looking for one word to describe my experience with Dr. Shaffer, can't, one word would not be enough. I have had many injections and treatments. Thru the years over 10, he has always been professional and explained each procedure in detail in layman's terms to understand the plus and minus and the risk involved. It is true when you fair well after treatment you don't have the time to give a GOOD review, only if it is not what you expected do you find time to give a BAD review. I would recommend
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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 when I asked questions, very sarcastic in his answers as well. I've never seen someone that unprofessional before. And because he directs the place, I'm in shock anyone would give him a decent review,
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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 in and around her back and wasn't sure what it was from.. but after many tests it ended up being mostly her back. That is when we went to Premier Orthopaedics. She is now in PT and doing well
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Dr. Schaeffer was the worse doctor that I have ever seen. If I could have given him -0- stars I would have. He is extremely full of himself and completely ignores anything that you tell him. The inaccuracy of his report was unbelievable. I would never recommend Dr. Matthew Schaeffer not even to my worse enemy.
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Dr. Schaeffer helped my 82 yr old Mother with relief for severe, chronic back pain. Other doctors we saw just prescribed pain meds and said she would have to live with it. Dr Schaeffer provided non-surgical options that have provided Mom the first pain free and drug free days she has had in years. He was also wonderful with her and really took time to talk to her and made her feel like he genuinely cared.
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I visited the doctor several times. He was always in a huge hurry. He was not very happy when I asked questions. In several of my appointments, the information given me could have easily been done by phone in two minutes without a hefty co-pay. Also, the office is always very crowded and behind schedule. There is no consideration for your work time lost when you show up on time for an appointment and you wait for 45 minutes or so.
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About Me

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 thorou...

Specialties

  • Spine Physiatry
  • Pain Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

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

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

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(610) 692-6280

Dr. Schaeffer accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Amerihealth
Amerihealth PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Coventry Health Care of Delaware
Coventry Health Care of Delaware HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Keystone Health Plan East
Keystone Health Plan East HMO
Keystone Health Plan East POS
Medicaid
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

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Dr. Schaeffer's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Coccygeal Pain
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Treatment Frequency

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

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

Low Back Pain
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schaeffer treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

Spine Disorders
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schaeffer treats Spine Disorders more than 100% of his peers

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

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Diseases
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Progressive Spinobulbar Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Ryukyuan Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Scapuloperoneal
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III
  • Spinal Tuberculosis

Dr. Schaeffer's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Impairment
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back Sprain
  • Back Strain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Botox® Injection
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • 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
  • Electrodiagnostic Procedure
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Ganglion Impar Block
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Block
  • Injection Therapy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Muscle Strain
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Physical Therapy
  • 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 Joint Injection
  • 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 Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain