Dr. Sergio Alvarado, MD

Pain MedicineMaleAge 52

Dr. Alvarado
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Spine and Pain Center Of San Antonio

3903 Wiseman Blvd Ste 311 San Antonio, TX 78251

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(210) 615-1901

Dr. Sergio Alvarado, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in San Antonio, TX. He is affiliated with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Alvarado to book an appointment.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Experience
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No malpractice claims found for Texas
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. Alvarado's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Chronic Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Alvarado treats Chronic Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

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

Treatment Frequency

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

Dr. Alvarado 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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Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Alvarado treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of his peers

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

Dr. Alvarado's conditions and procedures:

  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(210) 615-1901

Dr. Alvarado accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Advantage HMO
Blue Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Dr. Alvarado's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Alvarado

3.9

Based on 49 ratings

5 Stars
67.34693877551021%
(33)
4 Stars
2.0408163265306123%
(1)
3 Stars
4.081632653061225%
(2)
2 Stars
2.0408163265306123%
(1)
1 Star
24.489795918367346%
(12)
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What went well
  • Office environment (36)
  • Explained conditions well (35)
  • Listened & answered questions (34)
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (13)
  • Staff wasn't friendly (12)
  • Appointment was rushed (11)
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Staff is not friendly and dont care, hard to get my medications and just over all experience was the worst.
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Aug 14, 2020
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Disturbing - Dr Alvarado, generally speaking, seems competent, attentive and capable. The problem is, especially for long term patients in need of pain management, you're dealing with his staff. Normally polite at the very least, they seem overworked, uncaring, and dispassionate. Hang-ups and non returned calls are normal. They have MANY rules for PM patients to follow and contracts to sign. Random urine tests and pill counts are common. There are so many rules to follow, outside of any usual healthcare, it is difficult to remember them all. Unfortunately, office personnel all have a hair trigger, and if they suspect in the slightest that you are doing anything wrong, you WILL BE TREATED like a crack addict on the street, and immediately dropped as a patient with no recourse. They will literally and demeaningly scold you, openly argue with you, and expressly talk to you like a child. Newsflash to Alvarado's staff - regular, respectable people do not want to be treated that way.
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Humble Truth – Jan 03, 2020
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Dr. Alvarado and ALL of the excellent staff are very pleasant know me and are very understanding. I've seen him 8 yrs, wouldn't trust anyone else. He's with his staff to see, hear and be well informed about patient's. He answers all questions. His knowledge is sharp, and he's always attentive, concerned, and works very hard to help me keep my chronic pain manageable. I had the shingle virus he recommended injections and I was pain free. THANK U DR ALVARADO AND STAFF FOR EVERYTHING U DO EVERY
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Mar 25, 2019
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Please be advised they are very rude at the Hwy 151 location with no resolution except she’s dropped and hang up on you from the same people who called you acting because I question his motives. I would never recommend him to anyone looking for help and not just a head count towards resolution. I was advised by his former PA that she was not getting enough people through and that she would probably be fired.(she is no longer there)??
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Sandy Gamble in TX – Mar 08, 2019
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I have been a patient of Dr. Alvarado for going on three years now. He is outstanding in many respects. His skill, knowledge, and abilities are second to none. He has always been very attentive, concerned, and works very hard to put together an excellent care plan. Very recently, I had a tragic family matter and needed to get to Indiana ASAP. Within 3 hours, I called, secured an immediate appointment, and was on my way. You will be very hard pressed to find a more caring and concerned Doctor.
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
No results
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Jimmy Kitchens in San Antonio, TX – May 08, 2018
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Great doctor and staff. Easy to get in with a referral. Ist lumbar epidural already working on the first day. Thanks very much!
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
No results
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Mark Z in san antonio tx – Apr 19, 2018
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I called to set an appointment and they said they would call me back. I'm in so much pain an I wanted to see a doctor as soon as possible . No one ever return my call!!
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Alfred Castro in San Antonio – Jun 13, 2017
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Dr. Sergio Alvarado and his staff entire staff, from the receptionists to his very caring Assistant Ms. Roy, are some of the most genuine and highly trained people you'll find in this area of practice. In fact, Dr. Alvarado was referred by one of the best Interventional Radiologists in San Antonio. They're exceedingly knowledgeable and are empathetic to your concerns; all treatment plans are discussed in great detail. Since I'm moving to another state I'll sorely miss them all. RPC
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Rebecca C. in San Antonio – Apr 01, 2017
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Surprised seeing so many great reviews. I felt the doctor was rushed seeing me and that in itself was ok, but when I saw Medicare was billed $900+ for this visit...the other 2 specialists I recently saw spent much more time with me and charged 1/3 the amount. Then the procedure of the injection without sedation (my choice) and the bill was almost $5k. The entire visit for this was 10 minutes! Now, Medicare didn't pay him anything close, but I feel this is very dishonest. Won't be back.
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San Antonio, TX – Mar 15, 2017
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All good
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San Antonio, TX – Mar 08, 2017
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Dr. Sergio Alvarado is the most honety and trustworthy individual you may want as your doctor. He has helped with some of my worst problems. Dr. Alvarado alsways wants honest from his patients and I would not have it any other way. His procedures have helped me with the majority of my walking. he is the best.
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San Antonio, TX – Mar 08, 2017
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Dr. Alvarado is the second. Pain Management Doctor in my life, but the only one that suffested different treatments other than the standard "steroid injection". Befroe I had a nerve oblation (killing the nerve_ I could not stand for more than a few minutes. He given me a better guality of life, which I so appreciate.
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San Antonio, TX – Mar 08, 2017
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I have been seeing Dr. Alavarado for over al year now and have had no bad experience the office and staff is extremely perofessional and the nurses and NP's Have been extremely professional as well. Nothing bad to write or say. I really enjoy coming to office.
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San Antonio, TX – Mar 08, 2017
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Dr. Alvarado is great! Some of his staff are not, although things have been improving over the past few months.
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San Antonio, TX – Mar 07, 2017
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Making decisions on how to control pain
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San Antonio, TX – Jan 11, 2017
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Best doctor I have ever had and he does more for my condition.
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San Antonio, TX – Dec 28, 2016
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I have been very fortunate and blessed the day I was referred to my PAIN Management Dr Sergio Alvarado. I have been a patient of Dr Alvarado since 2013 and I've have had epidural steroid injections and medication since the beginning of treatment.he and his staff have always been there for me and I have very seldom been without my medication,so?? thumbs up FOR Dr.Alvarado and his staff thank you
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Rodolfo Hernandez in San Antonio TX – Dec 17, 2016
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It is difficult to get an appointment and when you leave a message, it is NEVER returned. I was left for three weeks with NO MEDICATION. I am referring to NO CYMBALTA, NO LYRICA and NO HYDROCODONE. It is like they simply don't care. The pain was so bad and my bp was 180/105. NO ONE returned any calls. I might as well have been on an abandoned island somewhere alone.
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Faye in San Antonio, TX – Aug 14, 2016
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Dr. Alvarado is what I wish all doctors were... a person first. He involves the patient in the patient's care. He listens. He understands and decides on a course of treatment. He doesn't think he's God. I've been getting treatment for chronic back pain from him for four years and because of him I can continue to function. I would recommend anyone with back or neck issues to use his services. Excellent doctor, responsive staff.
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Mach in san antonio, tx – Jul 21, 2016
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Dr.Alvarado hurt me worse on the first back procedure and i felt he would fix it within the next few treatments. His nurse keep canceling my appointments claiming my insurance didn't approve.I told her she was a liar and i am telling the Dr.You are not doing your job.I have the authorisation codes.She said you are not getting your meds now and see what happens,hung up.I get to my appointment am told i am fired.Nurse lied that I cursed her.Manager admitted protocol not followed.
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Felicia Khan in San Antonio.Texas – Feb 11, 2016
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Dr. Sergio Alvarado, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in San Antonio, TX. He is affiliated with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center. He is...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Education

University Tx Med School San Antonio
Residency Hospital

Awards

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Does Dr. Sergio Alvarado, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Alvarado has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

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What are Dr. Sergio Alvarado, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Alvarado frequently treats Chronic Pain, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Low Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Alvarado treats.

Where is Dr. Sergio Alvarado, MD's office located?

Dr. Alvarado's office is located at 3903 Wiseman Blvd Ste 311, San Antonio, TX 78251. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Spine and Pain Center Of San Antonio

Spine & Pain Center of San Antonio3903 Wiseman Blvd Ste 311 San Antonio, TX 78251
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The Spine and Pain Center of San Antonio

Dennis Karasek MD Pllc3603 Paesanos Pkwy Ste 100 San Antonio, TX 78231
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Alvarado is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center

San Antonio, TX

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

2 Awards Received