Dr. Michael Palmer, MD

Dr. Michael Palmer, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 63
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Michael Palmer, MD is an interventional pain medicine doctor who practices in Princeton, NJ. He is 63 years old and has been practicing for 34 years.

325 Princeton Ave

Princeton, NJ 08540

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Keystone Health Plan East
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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more than 97% of peers
Coccygeal Pain
very high
more than 95% of peers
Bone Disorders
very high
more than 95% of peers

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  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Acute Pain Medicine
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Emergency Sports Medicine
  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Men's Sports Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spine Physiatry
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Pain Management
  • Sports Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Preventive Medicine
  • Sports Rehabilitation Medicine

Board Certifications

Dr. Palmer does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Upper Back Pain


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  • Acupuncture
  • Arthritic Rehabilitation
  • Botox® Injection
  • Cervical Block
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Ganglion Impar Block
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

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.


  • MIT Dept Biol
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • Norwich University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • U Perugia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1977
  • University Of Rome-La Sapienza, Faculty Of Medicine & Dentistry, Rome, Italy
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • University of Rome Dept of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • University Of Rome Polyclinic
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • New York University Downtown Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Beth Israel Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Electrodiagnostics and Orthopaedics
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • University Of California At Los Angeles School Of Medicine, School Of Acupuncture Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Stanford University School Of Medicine, International Spinal Injection Society; Training Workshop For Lumbar Spinal Injections
    Other Education | Completed 1997
  • Stanford University School Of Medicine, Training Workshop For Discograms and Cervical Spine Injections
    Other Education | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Palmer has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

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Dr. Palmer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Palmer to family and friends
based on 106 total reviews (61 with comments)
Dr. Palmer's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (61)
in Princeton, NJ |
Absolutely! Dr. Palmer is an awesome doctor. He meets the needs of my son every time he comes to see him. I also would like to say that he is very clear when he explains a diagnosis and solution.
in Princeton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer is always very compassionate and knowledgeable. He never makes you feel he is rushing and always listens to your concerns. My entire family has seen him and he is equally good with younger patients.
Princeton, NJ |
Nice ,caring and listening
Princeton, NJ |
Great Dr, manner is wonderful however the wait was very long. Arrived at 10am ( as requested) for a 10:30 appointment, but was not seen until 11:15.
in Princeton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer was clear and concise. He listened to what I had to say and gave me options to help my recovery.
in Belle Mead |
Dr. Palmer is thorough, clear in educating his patients about their condition and warm. I never feel hurried or rushed. Over the years my husband and I have both come to rely on his sound medical judgement and we always ask for him by name. I appreciate the fact that while Dr. Palmer is very current on new treatments, he is rigorous in assessing clinical data before prescribing them.
Somerset, NJ |
Check your Bills, was over charged $150.00.
Franklin Park, NJ |
Good bedside manner. Good at explaining. Waited 90 minutes from appt time to see Dr
Franklin Park, NJ |
Excellent experience . Very knowledgeable, supportive and good diagnosis
in Monroe Township, NJ |
He's been very helpful and has been giving me good hints.
in Monroe Township, NJ |
He diagnosed my condition better after seeing another physician who wanted to treatments that would not have helped.
Princeton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer is very attentive, knowledgeable, contemplative, and thorough.
Belle Mead, NJ |
Dr. Palmer went out of his way to treat me when I was in so much pain. He rearranged his schedule to accommodate my treatment needs. I highly recommend Dr. Palmer.
Princeton, NJ |
Very kind and explained really well what was going on with my knee.
Princeton, NJ |
Dr Palmer provided a thorough evaluation and easy to understand explanation of my condition. Calling on a Monday morning, it took 10 minutes on hold in order to make the appointment.
in Princeton, NJ |
I couldn't be more pleased with the attention and care. Dr. Palmer presented a course to follow of physical therapy rather than rushing to suggest surgery. This has worked well for me.
in Princeton, NJ |
Very personable and knowledgeable.
in Princeton, NJ |
Fantastic experience. Knowleable, professional and patient. I am highly appreciative of the time and interest he invest in understanding the problem.
in Princeton, NJ |
Wonderful e perience. Dr Palmer knows his stuff!
Princeton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer takes great care in being thorough, knowledgeable and informative. I leave his office every time with peace of mind having my condition explained with a plan for recovery as well as preventative care.
Princeton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer is very welcoming and calming. His knowledge is extensive and pinpointed the issue right away. His recommendations for treatment and follow up were good.
in Belle Mead, NJ |
He was extremely professional and caring and he knew what he was talking about. This makes me feel very confident about him.
in Somerset, NJ |
He figured out my problem quickly and was right to the point.
in Princeton, |
Dr. Palmer is an exceptional doctor. He took his time to fully explain what was wrong with my knee in easy to understand medical terminology. He brought in visual aids to assist in describing my exact problem as well. He outlined the different options for course of treatment and then provided me with my next steps based I want I decided to do as a 1st course of action. Dr. Palmer has a wonderful bedside manner that you don't see very often anymore. He is compassionate and really listens!!
in Pennington, NJ |
This is my second appointment with Dr. Palmer. He took the time to access my problem, did X-rays, reviewed them with me, and gave me exercises to do. He was great. He also looked at my toe, when I asked him, due to hitting it badly a few days ago.
in NJ |
Excellent demeanor... Calming, soothing, knowledgable.
in Princeton, NJ |
It's been a really good experience and he was not dismissive as I've experienced with other doctors previously.
in Burlington, NJ |
I've been going to Dr. Palmer for many years to manage my lumbar herniation. Very thorough and caring. I highly recommend him to anyone suffering from any orthopedic issues. I believe he works with sports injuries as well and if any of my kids ever needs an ortho, Doc Palmer is the man. Highly recommended.
Princeton, NJ |
Dr Palmer has been extremely helpful to me for a variety of issues/complaints. He is highly competent and spends significant time listening and paying attention to his patients-- something I have found to be particularly rare and valuable in medical care. I have had a great experience with Dr P.
in Trenton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer was willing to take the time and listen to my story. He showed genuine care and compassion for my case. My back has improved significantly from his advice and treatment. He is a wonderful doctor! I would recommend him to anyone seeking treatment in his field. I came in miserable months ago and am leaving happy and stronger. Thank you!
in Trenton, NJ |
The ultimate professional, Dr. Palmer has provided me with accurate diagnoses on every occasion. He has worked with me to find the best ways to strengthen and alleviate pain through physical therapy. I appreciate his recognition of and sensitivity to treating the whole person, which means listening to issues of life that impact the body. I wholeheartedly would recommend him to others. Kim M.
in Plainsboro, NJ |
One word ! Awesome. Dr Palmer was recommended to me by my sister in law and I am so glad I listened and met him. He is very warm, knowledgeable and a great listener. Which I miss in lots of doctors. I am at ease now with my problem and will surely be back for follow up. Thank you Doctor!
in Trenton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer explained my problem so that I can understand what was wrong. He has a wonderful disposition/bedside manner. The procedure to fix my back went great & I went from hardly walking to being able to walk with no issues.
New York, NY |
Aside from his vast experience and medical knowledge, Dr. Palmer takes the time to listen to you before examining and asking questions. His gentle manner and ability to reassure you has made every visit to his office a pleasure as well as a benefit to my continued health. I would not see another Orthopaedic physician. He is the best.
in Cranbury, NJ |
He's the best.
in Princeton, NJ |
I have been going to Dr. Palmer for the past 22 years, ever since I had a bulging disc in my neck. Then on and off for injuries in my hip flexers, back, knees, etc.. I had a horrible problem with my neck and discs for years and he saved me from surgery. Had several instances of physical therapy and was able to get an at home traction machine which totally saved my life. I've been back to him for knees, lower back etc.. If he thinks an injection will help, he'll give it, but very thorough.
in Somerset, nj |
Excellent Doctor..he was very helpful and conservative in his treatment.. I would recommend him highly .
in Willingboro NJ |
Dr Palmer takes his time with his patients He is very knowable in his field
in East Brunswick, NJ |
Dr. Palmer is courteous, polite and professional. Would highly recommended him to anyone.
in Princeton, NJ |
Very knowledgeable and understanding about all questions and concerns. Spent as much time as I needed with him and helped me plot out a course of action for recovery. Also recommended a physical therapist and some at home treatment options.
in Montgomery, NJ |
Dr Palmer made me feel very comfortable. He took the time and listened to me! Dr Palmer is very thoughtful and takes the time to explain treatment. Dr Palmer is the best!! I totally trust Dr Palmer with me and my family and friends.
in Princeton, NJ |
Michael Palmer's expertise & skill set are rare, priceless treasures for those seeking relief & healing. He has accurately diagnosed & remedied my many athletic injuries over the years, always bringing me back to health quickly. Dr. Palmer is definitely tops in this field.
in Princeton, NJ |
Would highly recommend to see Dr. Palmer. He provides always a correct diagnosis and avoid unnecessary treatments. I totally trust is judgement.
in North Brunswick nj |
Dr Palmer is very professional and listens to your complaints. He is knowledgable in his field.
in New York, NY |
Dr. Palmer is great! Takes his time with his patients and is very knowledgeable
in Princeton Junction, NJ |
Simply fantastic clinician
in Hillsborough, NJ |
I have been a patient of Dr. Palmer for several years. I have found him to be a very caring, and genuinely interested in my well being. He has always devoted as much time as needed to answer my questions, and go in depth on cause and effect. He has helped improve my health, and, got me back to the activities I enjoy.
in New York, NY |
Doctor kept on giving my 93 yr old mother HLA shots in hip which made her condition worse and bones more brittle. Why didn't he ever think to take an MRI since set of 3 shots didn't ease pain? Only went by former physiatrist's hip xrays. Duh! And at $1800 per shot. Patient having total hip replacement because of necrosis of femur and hip fracture. In agony -- thanks for nothing, and shame on you for not being more proactive!
in Princeton, NJ |
Dr. Palmer spent his time explain my diagnosis and treatment . He is simply the best
in Skillman, NJ |
This was a follow up to a previous problem. I have come to realize that Dr. Palmer will spend whatever time it takes to meet with me. On this visit we discussed a number of orthopedic and muscular problems and came up with a plan that makes sense and gives me a positive outlook going forward. He prescribed physical therapy rather than a quick jump to medication and gave me a shot that provided significant relief for one of my major issues. All in a very productive visit.
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Dr. Palmer accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerihealth
    Amerihealth PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • EmblemHealth
  • Keystone Health Plan East
    Keystone Health Plan East HMO
    Keystone Health Plan East POS
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Palmer has admitting privileges

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
1 Plainsboro Rd
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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