Dr. Maximilian S. Shokat, DO

Dr. Maximilian S. Shokat, DO


Pain Medicine | Male | 41 years old

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Dr. Shokat and his staff understand pain and the devastating impact it can have on a person's life. They work very hard to create a hopeful and pleasant environment to help patients improve their function and quality of life. They will listen to the problem and present a comprehensive, efficient and individualized treatment plan. They make every effort to communicate with their patients and referral network in a timely manner. Dr. Shokat takes the time to explain each patient's condition, the cause and the appropriate treatment. They strive to treat patients with dignity, compassion and respect.Read more

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Max Shokat, D.O. is a dual board certified fellowship trained interventional pain specialist who specializes in the non-operative treatment of...Read more

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Dr. Shokat Says:

We appreciate all feedback we receive and work hard to make continued improvements. 

Please call us or email us if you have any concerns.  We would appreciate an opportunity to remedy any issues, if possible.

As a specialty pain center we perform thorough evaluations and give comprehensive treatment plans for various pain complaints for a diverse patient population.  We...

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Patient Reviews (8)
in Cairo, GA |
I see Amber Seago at this office and I have to say she is amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable about medications, and other treatment options. Her main concern is definitely the patients well being, and what she can do to try and give you a better quality of life. Anyone having doubts or second thoughts about giving this office A try....I say GO FOR IT. You won't be disappointed and your body and mind will definitely thank you.
in Cairo GA |
Dr. Shokat and his staff are excellent and have provided me with professional care and understanding for the past year. He always takes time to listen to my input, as well as monitoring the chronic pain in my lower back. He explains the good and bad of changes in treatments and medications, along with related regulations governing certain prescriptions.
in Thomasville, GA |
Dr. Shokat cares about his patients and is willing to explain their condition and treatment with them. If he feels like they need to be referred elsewhere he does not hesitate to do so. I completely trust him and would recommend him family or friends .
in Albany, Ga |
Extremely professional,caring . Instills confidence your problems will be solved.
in Thomasville, GA |
Attentive and caring treatment. Many options offered by Dr Shokat to help with my chronic pain issues. Very prompt - He stays very close to his scheduled times and his treatments have considerably improved my life. Helped make it possible for me to walk, stand and sleep again.One amazing Doctor!!
in Moultrie, GA |
He is a great Dr and he will do anything in his power to help control your pain. I had 4 spinal injections and on the 4th I was finally able to start living again. Dr. Shokat gave me my life back...for that I will be forever grateful. But don't go to him if you just want pain pills because he is not that kind of Dr. He will make you angry if that is the only assistance you want from him.
in Moultrie, GA |
The staff along with Dr Shokat are amazing.....They have gone out of their way to assist me many times.... tboyd
in Thomasville, GA |
I am a physician myself and have used Dr, Shokat for injuries to my knee, chronic and acute muscular issues in my neck, and low back pain. He is very professional without being cold and clinical, and has done very comprehensive evaluations by way of his interviewing skill and physical exams. He has multiple modalities of treatment that he can offer, not just narcotic prescriptions. I work at a drug and alcohol treatment facility, and see the consequences of addiction. His work is top notch!
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Dr. Shokat says...

Max Shokat, D.O. is a dual board certified fellowship trained interventional pain specialist who specializes in the non-operative treatment of pain.  As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Shokat practices a 'whole person' approach to patient care. He is skilled in the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine, a hands-on approach to help diagnose and treat illness and injury. He utilizes multiple treatment modalities and the most advanced pain treatments to maximize his patients' pain relief.  His overall goal is to improve function and the quality of life for his patients.  

Dr. Shokat began his education at the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.  He worked in the private sector before pursuing his medical degree.  Dr. Shokat received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. He then obtained his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Shokat then continued to further subspecialize in interventional pain through a fellowship at the University of Florida Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Shokat is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians as well as the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Shokat has conducted valuable research and has been published in professional journals.  

Dr. Shokat's Care Philosophy

Dr. Shokat and his staff understand pain and the devastating impact it can have on a person's life.  They work very hard to create a hopeful and pleasant environment to help patients improve their function and quality of life.  They will listen to the problem and present a comprehensive, efficient and individualized treatment plan.  They make every effort to communicate with their patients and referral network in a timely manner.  Dr. Shokat takes the time to explain each patient's condition, the cause and the appropriate treatment.  They strive to treat patients with dignity, compassion and respect.     

Dr. Shokat says...

Dr. Shokat is an expert in treating various pain conditions in a diverse patient population, whether it is someone with a newly herniated disc with sciatica pain that can be resolved with an epidural injection or someone with multiple medical problems and chronic pain complaints that requires skillful medication management and periodic interventions to control their pain in the safest and most economical manner possible.

Dr. Shokat does not solely focus on injections or medications but utilizes all treatment options in finding the best treatment plan for his patients. 

He is skillful with using his hands to help diagnose problems and conditions rather than simply looking at imaging and diagnostic tests that can often lead to misdiagnosis and overly invasive treatments. 

As a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with a subspecialty in interventional pain he is specifically trained to treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.  The focus on treatment is function.  He has a broad medical expertise that allows him to treat disabling conditions throughout a person's lifetime.  He can diagnose and treat pain as a result of injury, illness, or disabling conditions and determine a comprehensive treatment/prevention plan.  Dr. Shokat can lead a team of medical professionals, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physician extenders to optimize patient care and work with other physicians, which may include primary care physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and many others to treat the whole person, not just the problem area. 

Dr. Shokat says...

  • EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Ultrasound guided procedures
  • Fluoroscopy guided procedures
  • Injections of spine 
  • Discography, Disc Decompression and Vertebroplasy/Kyphoplasty
  • Nerve Stimulators, Blocks and Ablation procedures—Peripheral and Spinal
  • Injections of joints
  • Prolotherapy
  • Spasticity Treatment (Phenol and Botulinum toxin injections, intrathecal baclofen pump trial and implants)
  • Nerve and Muscle Biopsy
  • Manual Medicine/Osteopathic Treatment
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Complementary-alternative medicine
  • Disability/impairment assessment
  • Medicolegal consulting
  • Addiction medicine

Dr. Shokat says...

We appreciate all feedback we receive and work hard to make continued improvements. 

Please call us or email us if you have any concerns.  We would appreciate an opportunity to remedy any issues, if possible.

As a specialty pain center we perform thorough evaluations and give comprehensive treatment plans for various pain complaints for a diverse patient population.  We offer numerous treatment modalities to include interventions and both opioid and non-opioid pain medications.  We may offer chronic opioid treatment for patients with specific problems that have tried other conservative treatment options that have failed.  Please note that not all patients or problems are appropriate for chronic opioid treatment regardless of whether these medications were prescribed by other providers in the past.  We also must monitor for compliance to our treatment plan and withdraw opioid therapy when medically necessary.  Therefore, we can not guarantee that every patient will be satisfied with our services.  We also work very hard to serve our community and offer treatment to patients that are often turned away by other practices.  Please take this into consideration when reviewing feedback.  

We thank you for your support.   

Dr. Shokat's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Certificate of Excellence for Academic Achievement Emory University, 2009
    • Certificate of Excellence for Academic Achievement Emory University, 2008
    • Alumni Association Excellence in Medicine Scholarship UMDNJ-SOM, 2005
    • Student Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement UMDNJ SOM, 2004
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  • Media & Publications
    • A report of paraparesis following spinal cord stimulator trial, implantation and revision., July 2010
    • Sacroiliac joint and lumbar zygapophysial joint corticosteroid injections., Nov 2010

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

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  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arthritis
  • Arthropathy of Spinal Facet Joint
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chest Wall Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Pain
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Muscle Strain
  • Lower Back Sprain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Sprain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Wrist Pain


  • Medical School

    Graduated in 2006

  • Internship Hospital
    Sun Coast Hospital

    Completed in 2007

  • Residency Hospital
    Emory University

    Completed in 2010

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Florida

    Completed in 2011

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Florida

    Graduated in 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Arthrocentesis
  • Cervical Block
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Ganglion Impar Block
  • Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Block
  • Injection of Tendon
  • Intercostal Nerve Block
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate