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Dr. Richard Rosenthal

Pain Management
Provo, UT
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

Provo, UT

Address

3585 N University Ave, Suite 150, Provo, UT
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

About

Bio

Richard Rosenthal MD is board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Interventional Pain Medicine. He graduated medical school in 1985 and anesthesia residency in 1993. He is the medical director of the Utah Center for Pain Management and Research (dba Nexus Pain Care). He is also the editor of the interventional pain section of the widely read journal Practical Pain Management. He is the director of a one year fellowship in interventional pain medicine which has graduated 10 fellows. He has taught physicians in both the United States and Europe how to correctly perform various spinal procedures . He has authored several scientific articles and book chapters on topics in the specialty of pain medicine. He is also involved in clinical research and has served as an expect witness in malpractice cases. His clinic was recently awarded the excellence in multi-disciplinary pain care award by the World Institute of Pain (one of only 4 clinics in the United States to receive the award). Dr Rosenthal is the author of the widely read chapter on radiofrequency lesioning for the treatment of spinal diseases published in Waldmans textbook "Pain Management."

Specialties
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Pain Management

Licenses

United States: Utah, Wyoming

Doctor Q&A

266 Answers
101 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a hormone that has its effect on nerve cells in the brain. It plays a role in maternal bonding with their newborn and milk production. R... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See answer below: To distinguish the two sources of pain one would look for associated symptoms. For example, back pain may be associated with pain in the hip, buttock... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Unknown: Severe leg pain can be caused by many things. Think about what's in there-blood vessels (disease can cause pain), muscles (rarely if ever a primary c... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Any pain reliever: Medications can be taken with you evan if they require a prescription. Just make sure you take along the bottle with the prescription on it.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Heat, Aspirin, Rest: I assume you have a headache and that the headache is your usual tension ha. I find the combination above works for me. If this is a new onset headac... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Depends: Service dogs can be helpful in patients with severe anxiety. Since anxiety is a factor that causes increased pain in patients with rsd, it is helpful... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Roll on ball: There are special balls made for people with back pain. They are fairly soft, and measure about six inches in diameter. You can purchase one on amazon... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Exercise: I know that it is difficult to exercise when your already tired but you will find that you are less tired and hungry once you get started and establis... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
NSAID's: The best group of medications for bone pain are referred to as nsaid's. This group includes such drugs as aleve, (naproxen) motrin, and aspirin.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
MRI: The condition is diagnosed by seeing scar tissue and adhesions causing nerves within the spine to "stick" or clump together. The condition is seen on... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Multiple options: The best idea is to stop migraines from developing. Preventive treatments include: medications, procedures-botox, nutritional supplements, increased ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Similar to morphine: Codiene is classed as an opiate. The parent drug of this class is morphine. The side effects are similar for all drugs in the class and include itch... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Opiate withdrawal: The side effects of withdrawal from tramadol can vary from uncomfortable to life-threatening. The mild side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarr... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Both: Start with the chiropractor especially if the pain has be going on for less than a month. If the pain does not improve, see a pain specialist for mor... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Any: The patch works by releasing its medication into the fat under the skin. Then blood vessels going by the area absorb the medication into the bloodstr... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Medical evaluation: See a well trained physician who specializes in spinal disorders. If the problem is minor, you may get relief from simple chiropractic adjustments. ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See below: The pain could be coming from the disc, an irritated cervical nerve, thoracic outlet, etc. The pain could originate in the shoulder and be radiating ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Yes: Endometrial pain typically radiates to the back causing low back pain during menstration.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See below: A labor epidural is used to provide analgesia for childbirth. Local anesthetics are infused into the space putting to sleep the spinal nerves to the ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See below: Labor epidurals are used to decrease pain in childbirth. They are usually safe and effective. There are rare complications including lowering of the... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Consult Pain Doctor: The key to correcting the problem is to find out exactly what is causing it. To do this you need the help of a well trained pain medicine physician. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Suboxone: There is no way to really alleviate the pain other than to know that it won't last forever. Typically, opiate withdrawal symptoms last 3-14 days depe... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Unable to determine: There are so many different types of neurpathies that no specific age of onset can be determined.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Yes: Rsd can occur after a previous traumatic injury in predisposed people. For example, the patient may have sustained a previous fracture or sprain that... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Pain relief: Typically patient report about 50% reduction in pain 1-2 weeks after the procedure. Often a second procedure is performed 2 weeks after the first in ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See below: Side effects of Norgesic are those seen with aspirin, caffeine or those associated with mild anticholinergic agents. These may include tachycardia, pa... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
No: Rapid detox is a method used to withdraw from an opiate medication that is advertised to be painless. There is no scientific evidence that this is th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Possibly: If by "repaired" you mean pain alleviated and the condition reversed. Sciatica is a layman's term for pain in the leg. Is is often caused by irrita... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See MD : There is no way to know what is causing the pain without more information and examining the leg. I suggest you see your doctor to get an accurate dia... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Yes: Unless you are sensitive to the Aspirin in the medication, there is no reason you can't it on an empty stomach.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Use NSAID or Tryptan: Migraine is believed to be caused by swelling of blood vessels in the brain. Taking an nsaid-motrin or a tryptan- Imitrex (sumatriptan) can stop pain... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
It depends: Norgesic is a muscle relaxant with the side effect of causing dizziness, drowsiness and sedation. If only a single pill were taken, there would not l... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Suboxone: Cravings which occur after withdrawal can be severe and lead to relapse. If the causes of the addiction have been addressed (anxiety and depression h... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Absolutely Not: Veterinary medicines do not have the same purity as human medicine-they are not intended for human consumption. In addition, one must never take a dr... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Possibly: Xanax (alprazolam) can work as a muscle relaxant and also relieves the anxiety that often accompanies severe pain. However, it is not a good long-ter... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Spinal Cord Stim: Scs is the treatment reserved for patients when most other treatments have failed. It has been highly successful in the treatment of this condition.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
None: No reputable clinic would offer this medication on an outpatient basis. This drug is an anesthetic and requires continuous monitoring with administra... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Pain Medicine: The first doctor to see for spine pain is a pain medicine specialist. They are trained to diagnose in a specific way the exact cause of the problem ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See below: The procedure is done to determine which disc might be causing your pain. It takes about 30 minutes to perform the test. You will be sore afterwards... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Exercise and Meds: The first and best tx option is daily aerobic exercise. Add to that some newer medications for fibromyalgia (lyrica, Cymbalta (duloxetine) and savell... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
See below: It usually takes no more than 30 minutes to perform the test. Depending on the facility, the entire process might take an hour. After completion of ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Exercise and Meds: Exercise is the number one proven treatment for fibro. It must be gentle but daily aerobic exercise. There are now 3 medications approved for the tr... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Location: Myofacial pain is usually located in a region or area of the body while fibromyalgia is all over the body. In addition, myofacial pain affects the mu... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Yes possibly: There are two new drugs for the treatment of fibromyalgia that also seem to help depression-savella and cymbalta. If these work for you, they can be... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
It depends: There are three primary causes of back pain-two from joints-facet, si and one from the intervertebral disc. If a properly performed facet injection f... Read More
A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Facet arthritis: A very common and overlooked cause of morning back pain and stiffness is facet joint arthritis. It is important to know if this is the cause because ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Anesthesia: Quite simply, cold acts as an anesthetic. That means it decreases the sensitivty of the nerves in the area where it is applied.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
3-14 days: The duration of withdrawal depends on the medication taken and how long it has been taken. Once the acute withdrawal stops, there is a period of more... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Yes: Neck pain is a common problem with almost two thirds of the american population experiencing neck pain at some time in their lives. Every year 15% of... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rosenthal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rosenthal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you! I'll add some yoga to my routine. I got a Fitbit pedometer and it has motivated me to walk. Steps increased from 4,000 steps to over 7,000 average. Some days over 10,000. Used to do yoga, f...Read More
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I have back pain in my middle upper back where my epidural was 3 months ago. The pain sometimes travels around to my stomach about 3 inches
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I get pain below my left knee. 2 times I went completrly numb to feet. Also terrible pins & needles in fingers. My neurologist testing nrve

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Utah School of Medicine, UT
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

Master of Spinal Injections, Exellence in Pain Practice Award
HealthTap Founding Doctor
HealthTap Scholar

Affiliations

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Nexus Pain Care
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