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

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
  • 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