Dr. Padmarekha Rao, MD

Dr. Padmarekha Rao, MD

Neurology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 51
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Dr. Padmarekha Rao, MD is a neurology specialist in Old Bridge, NJ and has been practicing for 30 years. She graduated from Madurai Medical College, Tamil Nadu Dr Mgr Medical University in 1989 and specializes in neurology.

14 Woodward Dr Ste A

Old Bridge, NJ 08857

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
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No malpractice claims found for New Jersey
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Rao's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Migraine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Rao treats Migraine more than 99% of her peers

Dr. Rao treats this condition more than 99% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Basilar Migraine
  • Classic Migraine
  • Common Migraine
  • Complicated Migraine
  • Facioplegic Migraine
  • Familial Hemiplegic Migraine
  • Headache-Free Migraine
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine, Hormone-Induced
  • Migrainous Stupor Migraine
  • Oculomotor Migraine
  • Retinal Migraine
  • Visual Migraine
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Rao treats All Headaches (incl. Migraine) more than 99% of her peers

Dr. Rao treats this condition more than 99% of her peers

Vertigo
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Rao treats Vertigo more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Rao treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Benign Paroxyzmal Vertigo of Childhood
  • Benign Positional Vertigo
  • Central Vestibular Vertigo
  • Migrainous Vertigo

Dr. Rao's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Vertigo

About Me

Biography

Dr. Padmarekha Rao, MD is a neurology specialist in Old Bridge, NJ and has been practicing for 30 years. She graduated from Madurai Medical College, Tamil Nadu Dr Mgr Medical University in 1989 and specializes in neurology.

Specialties

  • Neurology

Education

1989
Madurai Medical College, Tamil Nadu Dr Mgr Medical University
Medical School
1989

Languages

  • Telugu
  • English

Dr. Rao's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Rao

3.5

Based on 20 reviews

5 Stars
50%
(10)
4 Stars
15%
(3)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
10%
(2)
1 Star
25%
(5)

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Average Wait Time
  • 31 – 45 minutes
Dr. Rao's Performance
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Office & Staff Performance
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
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My mom and I see Dr Rao. Office d staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr Rao is very knowledgeable, sweet and caring too. I've had severe headaches for years after having a cervical disc replacement and had limited range of motion. She recommended trigger point injections. Thanks to her I have not had a headache in weeks and I can turn my head without pain. Wait time is more than I'd like but she's worth the wait.
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She is the only doctor who took my migraines seriously and helped me. She also offered conventional meds and homeo/naturopathic options which i like.
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If you are reading this review, find another doctor! The office staff is completely incompetent. The doctor said I most likely had MS and ordered a lumbar puncture that needed a preauthorization. The office staff REFUSED to do their part and provide the insurance company with documentation and never returned phone calls. I went to another doctor that said there is no evidence of MS so I had 3 weeks of stress and dealing with laziness and incompetence for no reason. Worst experience ever!
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I saw Dr. Rao yesterday for an EMG and I thought that she was kind, willing to listen, extremely gentle and very knowledgeable in her field. She recommended different solutions to me that might help with my issue. I had an EMG for another issue a few years ago and it was EXTREMELY painful. Although still not pleasant, Dr. Rao made it bearable. I also found the office to be clean and the assistant at the front desk to be very sweet.
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Her office staff needs a complete overhaul--be prepared to do their job for them. Took them 3 weeks to submit paperwork that has been "in the chart" for 3 months, and they only faxed them after I called. 2 weeks later, after I've received confirmation 72 hrs after the fax, I call again to confirm they received something, & the girls told me it was denied, only to have them backtrack after I told them that I already received approval. Good doctor, but her office staff is useless.
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Good Neurologist, awful wait times. I have been seeing Dr. Rao for several years for treatment of migraine headaches. During that time the issues with over-booking and hassles of getting medication refills have caused me to seek another doctor. When I started going to the office in 2014, wait times were typically 30-45 minutes, but are now routinely well over an hour. This is exacerbated, especially for migraine suffers by the addition of TVs playing looping medical videos.
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If you are reading this...PLEASE find another doctor! The doctor is ok, although her nerve report was incorrect. The staff is horrible!! My husband is suffering with nerve pain. I had to practically do their job to get the precert approved. Very poor follow up skills. The doctor recommended trigger point injections. Staff obtained approval after 2 weeks and NEVER called us to schedule the shots. The staff has attitudes, poor job skills, and very unfriendly. We will never return to this office.
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Place was clean and inviting receptionist was curtious seen in a timely manner
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I think Dr. Rao is a very gifted and talented Dr., however when an obvious mistake is made by the staff I believe the patient should not be responsible. Not advising the patient that a referral has expired, but taking your co-payment and sending a bill into the insurance company only to have the insurance company return the bill to the office stating referral expired. And then expecting the patient to pay for your error just doesn't seem quite right.
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Dr. Rao was my Doctor for over 7 years. I saw her for chronic migraines. There have been multiple times when the office called me to reschedule my appointment because Dr Rao wasn't going to be in that day. Dr. Rao also can not be contacted. I've had emergencies where I could not get a hold of her. The office says they don't know if she'll call in, she has NO back up. Lastly and worst off that I received a letter in the mail from her office telling me I was no longer her patient.WORST DR!
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This doctor truly cares about her patients, she is very approachable, listens to everything ,does not rush you, and is spot on with her diagnoses .... I would reccomend her highly to anyone having neurological issues. Her staff is just as kind and sweet as she is, also if you have a question or concern, she herself calls you back instead of playing thru the grapevine with a staff member. I'd give her 1000 stars if I could. Fantastic office.
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