Portland Pain & Spine
- NW: 503-238-7246
- Specialties: Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
- Accepting New Patients: Yes
Dr. Carl Balog has over 20 years of experience practicing internal medicine, anesthesiology, and pain management. This makes him uniquely qualified to assess and provide treatment for chronic pain patients. “Most pain doctors say that the specialty found them. This is a short way of saying it helps to be well-rounded and have a good overview of both medical and surgical approaches, “says Dr. Balog. When you include his skills as an interventional specialist, you have a winning combination.
Recently listed among the “150 Pain Management Physicians to Know” by Becker’s Review, Dr. Balog is a Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) international certification recipient and on the editorial board of the journal Pain Physician. He remains dedicated to improving his patients’ quality of life. “Staying up to date does not mean adopting every new procedure or latest trend, it can mean simply broadening the use of tried and true methods that have been around for decades.” All procedures are scheduled at state-of-the-art accredited surgical facilities.
Recognized with Compassionate Doctor and People’s Choice awards on numerous websites, Dr. Balog’s bedside manner is mentioned often. Patients rave about his ability to listen and formulate new treatment plans. “Fear is the greatest obstacle in pain management. Fear of re-injury, worsening pain, loss of therapeutic efficacy or even medication addiction is a very real concern for everyone. Patients need to understand why I recommend a steroid injection or, alternatively, a spinal cord stimulator: what is the expected outcome, what will be the next step in their treatment and whether they will be able to resume their previous activities. ” With knowledge comes reassurance and confidence, which is why education is a vital part of pain management. Dr. Balog adds, “With understanding comes hope, our greatest therapeutic weapon!”