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Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 66

  
Dr. Ruskin

Desert Pain Institute

6309 E Baywood Ave Mesa, AZ 85206
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Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Mesa, AZ and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University of Arizona in 1979 and specializes in pain medicine.


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Dr. Ruskin is a joke. Doesn't review your file before meeting with you; doesn't remember you from week to week; doesn't care about your pain. He should have his medical license taken away.
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Poor quality of staff, doctor was immediately dismissive when I stated it was nerve pain. I had been electrocuted several years ago, that's why it continued to hurt and has not stopped hurting. They wanted me to do physical therapy that was excruciatingly painful. I was not asking for some higher dose, same dose for years, but instead of doing the tests I asked, for, Electrocardiograph Monitoring, or sending me to a neurologist have it done, they refused me.
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I drive 3 hr. to see Dr Ruskin because he is that GOOD. Desert Pain Institute was recommended by a relative several years ago. His staff from the front office to recovery is outstanding. I don't know what else to say he has done me good.
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A week before Christmas, I contacted Dr. Ruskin's office when my 96 yr old mother was in terrible pain from a fractured vertebra. He went out of his way to get her in, saw her in his office, personally contacted other doctors to coordinate complicated tests she needed, called me at home on Christmas weekend (!) and relieved her pain with a Kyphoplasty the week after Christmas. He was very caring and professional and we could not be more pleased with her care. He and his staff were amazing!
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After a recent fall resulting in a compression fracture of vertebra, Dr. Ruskin made time for me, helped me evaluate treatment options and expedited required tests, Medicare clearance and did Kyphoplasty just a week after first appointment. Not only is he knowledgeable and skilled; he is also kind and has a sense of humor. It is a pleasure to go to appointments at Desert Pain. The nurses and other staff where procedures are performed are very professional, skilled and friendly.
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He has managed my back pain for over five years: performed numerous procedures including the placement of cement in two fractured vertebras - seven denervations - many lumbar epidural steroid injections and lumbar medial branch blocks. He counseled against another procedure for a fractured vertebra that was healing satisfactory. He is pleasant and personable; technical and office staff respect him; and, complicated material is presented understandably. I highly recommend Dr Ruskin.
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Very experienced with pain management. He is very professional and keeps up to date on new pain management treatments. His staff provides excellent medical care. He has treated me since 1997 and every treatment has had excellent results. I strained my back one weekend and was in a a lot of pain. I contacted his office on Monday morning and they made room for me on there schedule to see him and have a procedure by 2:30 P.M. that same day.
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Dr. Ruskin explained everything regarding my treatment options in terms I could understand. I had great relief from the injections he gave me. I would highly recommend him.
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Dr. Ruskin was referred to me from a very close friend of mine. He too had severe back pain for which he had been prescribed pain medication for years. He actually became addicted to them and ended up going to treatment. I do not recall how he heard about Dr. Ruskin but he recommended that I go and see him. I found Dr. Ruskin to be extremely well versed in his field of pain management. He was not like any of the Doctors I had seen in the past, who were always too quick to prescribe pain meds.
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I have been seeing Dr. Ruskin for back and leg pain. He has been able to diagnose the cause of my issue and significantly reduce my pain. He has also referred me to other specialists to help address other issues contributing to my pain. He was very thorough in answering my questions.
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Richard Ruskin, MD is a pain medicine specialist in Mesa, AZ and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University of Arizona in 1979 and specializes in pain medicine.

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pain Medicine

Education

1991
Med College Of Wisconsin Milwaukee Wi
Fellowship Hospital
1985
Shands Hospital 1600 Southwest Archer Rd Gainesville Fl 32610
Residency Hospital
1980
Tucson Med Center Tucson Az 85733
Internship Hospital
1979
University of Arizona
Medical School

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(480) 325-3801

Dr. Ruskin accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna PPO
Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
Choice Plus POS II
Ameriben
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC)
AZ Foundation Medical Care (AZFMC) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
City of Mesa Health Plan
CopperPoint Mutual
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Worker's Compensation WC
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Choice of Arizona
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
Health Net
Humana
Gold
Humana HMO
Humana PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Phoenix Health Plan
AHCCCS - AZ Health Care Cost Containment System
Self Pay
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
Veteran Administration Plan
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

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Practice Areas

Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

Chronic Neck Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Post-Laminectomy Syndrome more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruskin treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Ruskin treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

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Dr. Ruskin's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

Locations

Desert Pain Institute

Desert Pain Institute6309 E Baywood Ave Mesa, AZ 85206
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