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Dr. Paul A. Smucker

Dr. Paul A. Smucker

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 his undergrad from Goshen College and went on to attend Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the University of Colorado.

 American Board of Medical Specialties
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab

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 his undergrad from Goshen College and went on to attend Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the University of Colorado. In my focus of non-operative spine care and interventional pain medicine, I initially practiced in Central Illinois, where I met my wonderful wife. During this time, I secured Board Certification in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as Board 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 an 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 in this great community. I continue to focus on the evolving field of Spine Care/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 lose 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

  • Illiopsosas Tendinitis
  • Upper Extremity Overuse Syndrome
  • Epicondylitis (Medial and Lateral)
  • Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Painful Chemotherapy Related Neuropathy
  • Painful of Unknown Origin Neuropathy
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
  • Sacroilliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Diagnosed Hip VS Lumbar Origin Pain
  • Diagnosed Shoulder vs Cervical Origin Pain
  • Post-Surgical Knee Pain
  • Post-Surgical Ankle Pain
  • Spine Pain
  • Cervicalgia
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spondylosis/ Facet Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spondylosis/ Facet Pain
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Vertebral Compression Facture

Procedures Performed - Fluoroscopic Guidance

  • Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injection/ Cervical, Thoracic,
    Lumbar (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 Block
  • Medial Branch Block – Diagnostic (C, L)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (C, L)
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Cervical Sympathetic Block (Stellate Ganglion)
  • Intercostal Nerve Block
  • Intraarticular Hip Injection
  • Hip Aspiration and Fluid Analysis
  • Knee Aspiration and Fluid Analysis
  • Illiopsosas Tendon Injection
  • Piriformis Injection
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Illiopsosas Injection
  • Provocative Discography/ Lumbar Spine
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
  • Vertebral Augmentation Procedure (Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty)

Procedures Performed – Office

  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Knee, Hip, Bursa Injections
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Medial/Lateral Epicondyle Injection
  • First Dorsal Interosseous Injection
  • Carpal Tunnel Injection
  • Trigger Finger Injections
  • Trochanteric/Hip Bursa Injection

Electrodiagnosis: (EMG/NCS)

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

Board Certification

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

Internal Medicine Residency

  • Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO

Medical School

  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Undergraduate

  • Goshen College, Goshen, IN

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
  • 5218 Beck Drive Suite 10
    Elkhart, IN 46516

Participating Hospitals and Surgery Centers

  • Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Mishawaka
  • Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Plymouth Campus
  • Allied Physicians Surgery Center, South Bend
  • LaPorte Medical Group Surgical Center (Beacon Medical Group LaPorte)
  • Unity Medical & Surgical Hospital - Mishawaka
Health Grades
  • 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!!!!!!
  • I am very satisfied with Dr. Smuckers has helped my pain a great deal. He is very pleasant and friendly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Listened to what I had to say and worked with me until he was able to diminish my pain.
  • I really like dr. smucker he listened to me and explained everything to me is very kind and sharing doctor.
  • 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.
  • He's truly a professional with exceptional skills and approach!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Vitals
  • Self-verified patient of Dr. Paul A Smucker - Posted on March 7th, 2018

    Saw him many years ago for a lower back problem. He took great care of me. I've passed his name around for years.
  • Self-verified patient of Dr. Paul A Smucker - Posted on September 26th, 2015

    I saw Dr. Smucker while he was in Springfield, IL. I saw him several times for therapy and shots and the last time for radio ablation. My treatment lasted for over a year and I" certainly wish he was back in Springfield so I could have another treatment. He was always courteous and friendly and I felt like he was very knowledgeable.
Google
  • I had an EMG done with Dr. Smucker and I was very pleased with how well he explained everything...from what he would be doing to the results.
  • 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
  • Zimmer Biomet
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Arthrex
  • Breg
  • Smith+Nephew
  • DePuy Synthes