Dr. Paul A. Smucker

Dr. Paul A. Smucker

Growing up in Goshen, Indiana, I graduated from Goshen College and went on to finish my medial degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1985.

 American Board of Medical Specialties
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab

Growing up in Goshen, Indiana, I graduated from Goshen College and went on to finish my medial degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1985. I pursued further training and completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency from the University of Colorado. In my endeavor to focus on non-operative spine and interventional pain medicine, I spent some time in Central Illinois, where I met my beautiful wife. I then went on and secured Board Certification in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.

I have always felt a desire to return to my roots in northern Indiana, where I still have family and friends. So, in 2015, when given the opportunity to work with South Bend Orthopaedics, I jumped at the chance. Since joining the group, I have been able to work with a great group of colleagues and this wonderful community. I continue to focus on the evolving field of Spine/Pain Management.

My greatest practice satisfaction comes with hearing about my patient’s ability to return to their daily and recreational activities with decreased pain.

Philosophy - Employing the most advanced spine care tools available is not enough. I never loose sight of the real goal; pain reduction and improved function. For this I need the patient to take an active role in setting our combined goals. My aim is to focus on functional restoration. The latest spine care techniques, physical therapy, and non-opioid medicines are focused on the patient’s individual needs.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

  • Illiopsoas Tendonitis
  • Upper Extremity Overuse Syndrome
  • Epicondylitis (Medial and Lateral)
  • DO Tendonitis
  • Neuropathic Pain-Polyneuropathy or Focal Neuropathy
  • CRPS
  • Sacroilliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Illiopsoas Tendonitis
  • Differentiate Hip VS Lumbar Origin Pain
  • Differentiate Shoulder vs Cervical Origin Pain
  • Post-Surgical Knee Pain
  • Post-Surgical Ankle Pain

Procedures Performed — Office

  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Subacromial Injection
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Medial / Lateral Epicondyle injection
  • First Dorsal Lnterosseous Injection
  • Carpal Tunnel Injection
  • Trigger Finger Injection
  • Knee Injection
  • Trochanteric / Hip Bursa Injection

Procedures Performed - Fluoroscopic Guidance

  • Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection (C, T, L)
  • Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection (C,T,L)
  • Selective Nerve Root Block (diagnostic, anesthetic only) (C,T,L)
  • Blood Patch
  • Facet Injection (C,T,L)
  • Third Occipital Nerve injection
  • Medial Branch Block — Diagnostic (C,L)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation/ Rhizotomy/ Neurotomy (C,L)
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Cervical Sympathetic Block (Stellate Ganglion)
  • Intercostal Nerve Block
  • Intraarticular Hip Injection
  • Hip Aspiration and Fluid Analysis
  • Knee Aspriration and Fluid Analysis
  • Illiopsoas Tendon Injection
  • Piriformis Injection
  • Sacroilliac Joint Injection
  • Illipsoas Injection
  • Provocative Discography / Lumbar Spine
  • Spinal Cord Stim Trial
  • Vertebral Augmentation Procedure (Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty)

Electrodiagnosis: (EMG/NCS)

  • Upper and Lower Extremity
  • Focal Entrapment Neuropathies
  • CTS
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome (Posterior Interosseous Syndrome)
  • Brachial Plexopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Axilliary Neuropathy
  • Suprascapular Neuropathy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Sacral Plexopathy
  • Sciatic Neuropathy
  • Femoral Neuropathy
  • Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Neuropathy
  • Peroneal Neuropathy
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome


  • Goshen College, Goshen, IN

Medical School

  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO

Internal Medicine Residency

  • Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

Board Certification

  • Diplomate of American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified in Pain Medicine

Medical Society Memberships

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • International Spinal Intervention Society
  • American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians
  • North American Spine Society
  • Illinois State Medical Society
  • Illinois Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Practice Locations

  • 60160 Bodnar Blvd
    Mishawaka, IN 46544
  • 53880 Carmichael Drive
    South Bend, IN 46635
  • 900 I Street
    LaPorte, IN 46350
  • 2349 Lake Ave Suite 201
    Plymouth, IN 46563

Participating Hospitals and Surgery Centers

  • Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Mishawaka and Plymouth Campus
  • Allied Physicians Surgery Center, South Bend
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Saint Joseph Health System
  • Beacon Health System
  •  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Board of Medical Specialties
  • American Board of Medical Specialties
  • American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants