Accepting new patients

Dr. Mehul Desai, MD

Pain Medicine ·  Male · Age 44

Dr. Desai

International Spine, Pain & Performance Center

2141 K St NW Ste 600 Washington, DC 20037

Make an Appointment

Show Phone Number


Dr. Mehul Desai, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Washington, DC and has been practicing for 12 years. He graduated from University Of Sint Eustatius Sint Eustatius in 2002 and specializes in pain medicine, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and more.


Insurance Check

Search for your insurance provider

Dr. Desai accepts

Accepted insurance can change. Please double-check when making an appointment.

(202) 808-8295

Dr. Desai accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Select
Anthem
Pathway X Tier Hosp HealthKeepers DirectAccess VA
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
KeyCare PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross Accord
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Choice Advantage
Blue Preferred PPO
CareFirst Maryland POS
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Coventry Health Care of Virginia
Coventry Health Care of Virginia HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO

Background Check

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice claims information for District of Columbia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
Learn more about background checks

Experience Check

Check Dr. Desai's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Desai's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Desai treats Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Desai treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Chronic Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Desai treats Chronic Pain more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Desai treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Desai treats Spondylosis more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Desai treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Desai's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • 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)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intrathecal Drug Delivery System Insertion
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • 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
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

About Me

Personalizing your journey to sustained pain relief, improved function and optimized performance

Specialties

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

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

2007
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2006
Georgetown University
Residency Hospital
2003
howard university hospital
Internship Hospital
2002
University Of Sint Eustatius Sint Eustatius
Medical School
1996
University of Maryland
Undergraduate School
2007
2006
2003
2002
1996

Languages

  • Gujarati
  • English

Awards

Dr. Desai's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Desai

4.0

Based on 20 reviews

5 Stars
75%
(15)
4 Stars
0%
(0)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
0%
(0)
1 Star
25%
(5)

Leave a review

How likely are you to recommend
Dr. Desai?
(Select your rating)
Average Reported Wait Time
  • 10 – 15 minutes
Dr. Desai's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What People Say About Dr. Mehul Desai, MD
RecentHighestLowestMost Helpful
Reply
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 problem will require more imaging and physical therapy to restore my lifestyle to the optimal level I desire, I can now function without pain during the process. Not only is Dr. Desai himself a competent p
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option2
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?
Reply
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 had preconceived ideas about what would help with very little understanding of my specific situation. With pudendal nerve issues, there is no one solution and expert physical therapy can be very helpful.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option2
thumbs down icon option2
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?
Reply
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!
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option1
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?
Reply
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 which are far more riskier than the ointment and didn't try to give more explanation. Moreover, the 2nd visit which lasted about 1 minute was unnecessary and for which he claimed $319.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option3
thumbs down icon option1
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?
Reply
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.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?
Reply
After having surgery for Mortons neuroma and recurring neuromas, I saw several podiatrists before I found out about a procedure called ablation to zap the neuromas without surgery. I was lucky to discover Dr. Desai and I am delighted with the results. He is very thoughtful and caring in addition to being an excellent doctor. In addition to the neuromas, I have metatarsalgia and Dr. Desai recommended an excellent PT to reconfigure my orthotics. I definitely recommend them both.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option1
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?
Reply
I see Dr. Desai for pudendal nerve blocks. My husband and I fly out from Los Angeles, which is where we live, to have Dr. Desai do them because we cant find anyone in LA who can do them as well as he can ( we've tried others) and no one else compares. Dr. Desai's staff is professional and warm and his office is new and large with my blocks being done in a surgical style setting not a crammed dr.'s office as so many dr.'s seem to be moving towards these days. He is the best! Highly recommend!
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option6
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?
Reply
Dr. Desai has unique knowledge on complex issues and should be at the top of the list for anyone who requires a first, second or third opinion on an interdisciplinary approach to managing their pain.
Was this helpful?
thumbs up icon option10
thumbs down icon option
×Post a ResponseAre you Dr. Mehul Desai, MD?

Leave a review

How was your experience with Dr. Desai?

Locations

International Spine, Pain & Performance Center

1
2
  • Call
  • Fax
  • Hours
    • Mon: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
  • Directions

Affiliated Hospitals

Check the quality of care at hospitals where Dr. Desai treats patients.

Learn more