Dr. Mehul Desai, MD

Dr. Mehul Desai, MD

Pain Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 43
Dr. Mehul Desai, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Washington, DC and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from University Of Sint Eustatius Sint Eustatius in 2002 and specializes in pain medicine, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and more.

2141 K St NW Ste 600

Washington, DC 20037

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
more than 87% of peers
Upper Back Pain
more than 83% of peers
Coccygeal Pain
more than 86% of peers

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3  Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine

2  Board Certifications

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

77  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • 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
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Back Pain
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21  Procedures

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Maryland
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Sint Eustatius Sint Eustatius
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • Howard University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Georgetown University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Gujarati

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What People Say About Dr. Mehul Desai, MD
I consulted with Dr. Desai for recurring severe hip pain that extended into my legs. On my first visit I classified my pain level to be a 10. After following his advice, my pain level diminished to a "3" a mere 24 hours later, and by the next day, I had no pain at all. Although the root of the...Read More
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BKT in Washington, DC – Jul 17, 2018
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When I consulted with dr. Desai, I received advice that went against some of my health conditions, I heard more about medication and surgery and very little about physical therapy including craniosacral therapy and myofascial releas- which has helped a lot. In talking with him I got the sense he...Read More
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M Martinez in washington, DC – Jun 29, 2018
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Dr. Desai is a total gem. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable, but he has an amazing bedside manner. When someone is in pain, having a doctor who truly cares, can make you laugh, AND knows his stuff is not just a blessing...it’s a miracle!
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Painful-ly happy in DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – Mar 17, 2018
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I visited Dr. Desai in July 2017. The 1st visit went well except that he prescribed me ointment to reduce a pain which I don't have. The drug has huge side effects and I explained my concern to him in my 2nd visit 5 days later to review X-ray results. He said that he didn't order me tablets...Read More
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Falls Church, VA – Jul 25, 2017
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Dr. Desai has given me cortisone injections directly into my inflamed shoulder bursa twice, and each time I have relief from pain for months afterwards. I felt comfortable that he was very careful and experienced.
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Kensington, MD – Jul 04, 2017
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