Dr. Paul Smucker, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 65

Pain Medicine

Dr. Paul Smucker, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Jacksonville, IL. He is affiliated with medical facilities Saint Joseph Health System - Plymouth Medical Center and Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Paul Smucker, MD

Orthopedic Center Of Illinois, Springfield, IL

1600 W Walnut St Jacksonville, IL 62650
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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Smucker

3.7

Based on 47 ratings

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Dr. Shcmucker knows his business and explains everything ahead of time I have seen him several times and he has worked on my back several times and I trust him
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Tammy Terry – Dec 09, 2022
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Dr Smucker is a great physician!
I was pleased that diagnostic X-rays were taken at my initial visit so that my condition could be discussed right away. He was personable, knowledgeable and relatable which meant a lot to me. I definitely would refer him and his staff to others in the future. Thanks again!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Nov 17, 2022
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First Impression
Just had my first appointment with him this last week. His staff was very friendly. The parking was convenient especially since I am handicapped. They were running way behind on appointments but once it was my turn he spent as much time as I needed to explain things and answer questions. So if a doctor runs behind because he is spending that kind of care and attention with his patients then I can't be upset about the wait. He gave me a health plan and explained what route we should go. So I will see how everything goes once scheduled.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Mae – Sep 24, 2022
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What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Rob Kuehn – Sep 06, 2021
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Thanks Rob for the 5 star recommendation!
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he was friendly enough and listened to me, checked a few things but then the 1st thing he suggested was getting an injection. i asked what happens if it works, am i going to have to keep getting them, what if it doesn't work then what. he couldn't even give me an answer other than i don't want to give you an answer i don't know. let's try the injection and go from there...... i already had an injection in my shoulder that lasted 2 months and back in pain and scheduled for surgery. shot's don't do anything other than reduce inflammation or give pain relief. i'm not in that much pain where i want a shot and if it's inflammation it's more than likely going to come back after the shot wears off.... no thanks
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Oct 18, 2019
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Horrible doctor,doesn't listen to patients,first words out of his mouth "so you've been having chronic pain for 10 years and I'm supposed to fix you" not looking at my records of at least 5 yrs of prescription and medical help. Thx for nothing..this year without his help I've had both hips replaced and am currently scheduled for back surgery!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Eric prout – Oct 11, 2019
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I was severely crippled with neck and lower back arthritis and spent two months lying on our couch during which time I lost 15 pounds being in so much pain I wasn't interested in eating. Dr. Smucker gave me injections at the site of my pains and I can now function normally. Merely saying thank you to this Doctor is not enough for the relief he has given me. I truly thought I was going to be crippled for the rest of my life and Doctor Smucker has given it back to me again. Words cannot express my gratitude!!!!!!
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James E. Mitschelen – Jun 17, 2019
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I am very satisfied with Dr. Smuckers has helped my pain a great deal. He is very pleasant and friendly.
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Mar 09, 2019
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Dr. Smucker is professional, yet warm and caring. He was thorough in his exam, by asking question, asking for "show me where it hurts" and having me do some simple physical moves. He is reassuring, calm and has a good sense of humor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Diana in Niles, MI – Mar 06, 2019
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He was of no help to me. Gave me one injection that did nothing. Went back for follow up and he told me he could give me one more injection, then he was done with me because there was nothing else he could do for me. Turned his back on me and left me in his office, crying from pain, with the person on the computer. NEVER went back and never will. He offered no referrals, no suggestions, no NOTHING. Bad, unempathetic doctor.
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Cindy in Indianapolis, IN – Jan 08, 2019
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I’m very disappointed and upset with this Dr., zero stars aren’t low enough. I was in pain when I went to see this dr., and really needed a light to shine. He started off hospitable, and asked me to tell him about my MVR accident. As I began to tell him, a Nurse stuck her head inside door, she said another dr., whom I don’t know, was on the phone. He apologized and excused himself. Upon returning, he examined me abruptly and rudely, then said he could not help me. Avoid this dr. at all costs!
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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“Semi” Hurt – Aug 15, 2018
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Dr. Smucker developed a great care plan for me. He methodically and professionally executed the plan while setting realistic expectations for me. He did a wonderful job alleviating my back pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Ken Buser in Granger, IN – Jun 05, 2018
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Doctor Smucker is very professional but also very human. His diagnosis was excellent and the course of treatment recommended by him was outstanding. I would not hesitate to see him again (if needed) or to recommend him to other people.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dennis Norkus in Mishawaka, IN – May 11, 2018
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Discounting wait time, I am very satisfied with the care and options he offered for me to make my own health decision. He doesnt leave me with unanswered questions. In fact he contributes information outside the reason for the appointment that makes me feel he is also interested in the total me to improve my quality of life. He is very personable and puts me at ease.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Bonnie in Mishawaka IN – May 11, 2018
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Listened to what I had to say and worked with me until he was able to diminish my pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Irv Rosenberg in South Bend, IN – May 10, 2018
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After my 3rd appointment, he still had no idea who I was or any details of what I had been dealing with, often making "new" suggestions that had already been covered. Basically if you want anything but injections for pain, look elsewhere.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Mishawaka – Apr 04, 2018
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I really like dr. smucker he listened to me and explained everything to me is very kind and sharing doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Anna Kiler in South Bend – Feb 16, 2018
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I found Dr. Smucker to be very knowledgeable in his field and caring about my needs. He took the time to listen and resolved to remedy my problems. He makes sure to follow up as to whether the situation is fixed. If not, he pursues onward to the next step. I also enjoy his smile and personality.
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Patricia Spychalski in South Bend, IN 46614 – Feb 15, 2018
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He's truly a professional with exceptional skills and approach!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 03, 2018
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Dr. Smucker was right on the money in my case. I had been suffering from back pain and been to therapist several times and until I saw Dr Smucker, the only thing that helped was accupunture. I thought he was great explaining was my problem was and how he planned to help. And he was right.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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P Harden in South Bend, IN – Jan 03, 2018
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Biography

Dr. Paul Smucker holds dual Board Certifications in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Pain Medicine. He grew up in Goshen, IN and received...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

University Of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colorado
Residency Hospital
Indiana University School Of Medicine Indianapolis, Indiana
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What conditions does Dr. Paul Smucker, MD treat?

Dr. Smucker frequently treats the following conditions: Osteoarthritis of Spine, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Degenerative Disc Disease. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. Paul Smucker, MD's office address?

Dr. Smucker's office is located at 1600 W Walnut St, Jacksonville, IL 62650. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages is Dr. Paul Smucker, MD fluent in?

Dr. Smucker is able to speak Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Is Dr. Paul Smucker, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. Paul Smucker, MD is affiliated with Saint Joseph Health System - Plymouth Medical Center and Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center.

Is Dr. Paul Smucker, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. Paul Smucker, MD holds board certifications in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.

Does Dr. Paul Smucker, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 3.7/5 for Dr. Paul Smucker, MD. Patients say that the appointment wasn't rushed and they trusted the provider's decisions. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

Experience and Background Checks

Experience
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No malpractice claims found for Illinois
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. Smucker's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smucker treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Smucker treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smucker treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Smucker treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Degenerative Disc Disease
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smucker treats Degenerative Disc Disease more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Smucker treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Smucker's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • 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
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee 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 Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Rehabilitation and Management
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • 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
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Wrist Sprain or Strain

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(217) 243-5831

Dr. Smucker accepts the following insurance:

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Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Blue Traditional-IN
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
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CorVel
Coventry Health Care
First Health
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Humana
Medicaid
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Sagamore Health Network
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Locations

Orthopedic Center Of Illinois, Springfield, IL

Passavant Area Hospital1600 W Walnut St Jacksonville, IL 62650
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  • Hours
    • Tue: 10:00am - 10:00pm
    • Wed: 10:00am - 10:00pm
    • Thu: 10:00am - 10:00pm
    • Fri: 10:00am - 10:00pm
    • Sat: 10:00am - 10:00pm
    • Sun: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Directions

Orthopedic Center Of Illinois, Springfield, IL

Opthalmology Center of Illinois1301 S KOKE MILL RD Springfield, IL 62711
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Lincoln Family Medical Center Rotation515 N College St Lincoln, IL 62656
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South Bend Orthopaedics

South Bend Orthopedic Associates53880 Carmichael Dr South Bend, IN 46635
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Smucker is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Saint Joseph Health System - Plymouth Medical Center

Plymouth, IN

63% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% lower than the national average

Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center

Saint Joseph, MI

67% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% lower than the national average

18 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)