Dr. Paul Smucker, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain MedicineMaleAge 63

Dr. Smucker
Accepting new patients

South Bend Orthopaedics

53880 Carmichael Dr South Bend, IN 46635

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(574) 247-9441

Dr. Paul Smucker, MD is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine Specialist in South Bend, IN. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Community Hospital Of Bremen and Memorial Hospital Of South Bend. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Smucker to book an appointment.

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Dr. Smucker's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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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)
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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
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • 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
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Pain Rehabilitation and Management
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Piriformis Injection
  • 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 Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Wrist Sprain or Strain

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Dr. Smucker accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Balanced Blue Access-IN PPO
Blue Access-IN
Blue Preferred --IN HMO
Blue Preferred --IN POS
Blue Preferred Plus-IN POS
Blue Preferred-IN HMO
Blue Traditional-IN
Bronze Blue Access Plus w/HSA-IN PPO
Bronze Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO
Bronze Blue Access-IN PPO
Bronze Blue Access-IN PPO Plus
Bronze HealthSync w/HSA-IN HMO
Bronze HealthSync with H.S.A-IN POS
Bronze HealthSync-IN HMO
Catastrophic Pathway-IN
Franciscan Alliance Tiered-IN
Gold Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO
Gold Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO Plus
Gold Blue Access-IN PPO
Gold Blue Access-IN PPO Plus
Gold HealthSync w/HSA-IN HMO
Gold HealthSync-IN HMO
HealthSync (Select Network)-IN
HealthSync Options-IN POS
HealthSync-IN
HealthSync-IN HMO
HealthSync-IN POS
Healthy Indiana Plan PPO
Lumenos Plans-IN
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Pathway-IN HMO-POS
Platinum Blue Access-IN PPO
Silver Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO
Silver Blue Access w/HSA-IN PPO Plus
Silver Blue Access-IN PPO
Silver Blue Access-IN PPO Plus
Silver HealthSync w/HSA-IN HMO
Silver HealthSync-IN HMO
The Christ Hospital Health Network (TCHHN)-IN
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareSource
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
CorVel
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance HMO
Health Alliance PPO
HealthLink
HealthLink HMO
HealthLink PPO
HFN
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
Medicare
Special Needs Plan SNP
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Sagamore Health Network
Sagamore Plus
Three Rivers Provider Network
Tricare
UniCare
UniCare HMO
UniCare PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Dr. Smucker's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Smucker

3.6

Based on 43 ratings

5 Stars
60.46511627906977%
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4 Stars
4.651162790697675%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
6.976744186046512%
(3)
1 Star
27.906976744186046%
(12)
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What went well
  • Staff friendliness (30)
  • Office environment (27)
  • Appointment scheduling (24)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (13)
  • Appointment was rushed (11)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (10)
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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
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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!
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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.
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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
1 person found this helpful
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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
2 people found this helpful
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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
1 person found this helpful
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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.
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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!
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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
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P Harden in South Bend, IN – Jan 03, 2018
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First I all I referred myself to see Dr. Smucker by researching doctors who specialize in pain management. I'm suffering from possible CRPS / RSD and wanted another opinion. Made the spot with his office. Day before my appointment his office calls and basically accuses me of just wanting prescription drugs letting me emphatically know he doesn't hand out pain killers. WHAT? I just want a second opinion about my chronic pain and my appointment was cancelled because the Dr couldn't help me.
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Granger, IN – Apr 22, 2017
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Dr.Smucker did a great job procedure wise. However the shots which were injected into my spinal area on 2 different visits did not help my back pain. If you have severe herniated discs if feel this was a waste of my hard earned money.
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Tony Knox, Indiana in Knox, Indiana – Jun 20, 2016
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About Me

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

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine
  • Electromyography
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Spine Physiatry
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Pain Management
  • Sports Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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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
1986
Butterworth Hospital
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Paul Smucker, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Smucker frequently treats Osteoarthritis of Spine, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Degenerative Disc Disease. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Smucker treats.

Where is Dr. Paul Smucker, MD's office located?

Dr. Smucker's office is located at 53880 Carmichael Dr, South Bend, IN 46635. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Smucker speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

South Bend Orthopaedics

South Bend Orthopaedics - South bend53880 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
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

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

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Community Hospital Of Bremen

Bremen, IN

86% Patient Experience Rating, 17% higher than the national average

Memorial Hospital Of South Bend

South Bend, IN

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Saint Joseph Health System - Plymouth Medical Center

Plymouth, IN

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center

Mishawaka, IN

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received