Dr. Richard Rosenthal

Pain Management
Provo, UT
38 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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia is much more common than ms.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Exercise and meds: The best way to manage fibro is with mild daily aerobic exercise. However if you need further help, there are some new medications approved for the tr... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Back strengthening: Start with back strengthening exercises. If this doesn't help, see a doctor.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia involves the total body-patients have pain above and below the waist and on the right and left sides of the body. Spinal stenosis is a r... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
See below: The patient is positioned on a procedure table with a machine called a c-arm over them. Then the doctor uses fluoroscopic imaging to guide a needle t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Yes: Exercise is the best way to combat excess weight. Although most people think aerobic exercise is best for weight control, it is actually untrue. In ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Unknown: Although fibromyalgia can be transmitted genetically (it tends to run in families), no one really knows why someone gets it and others do not. There ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Real: Fibromyalgia has been shown to be a real entity with measurable changes of brain chemicals. These changes are not only related to the symptoms of fib... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
All areas of spine: Spinal stenosis refers to a condition in which the bony canal protecting the spinal nerves becomes too small and starts pinching the nerves. It most ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Aching: The pain from fms is usually described as a constant aching sensation. People say it feels like they have they have over exerted themselves while lift... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Good question: To be certain, your doctors needs to test you for other "rheumatic diseases." these are conditions that mimic fibromyalgia but can be more serious an... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Not really: It is a chronic disease that most patients must find a way to live with. However, some patients find the symptoms go away after a while but i wouldn'... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia can not be diagnosed by blood tests, MRI or other such tests. It is strictly a clinical diagnosis made by taking a careful history and pe... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
See you doctor: There are finally medications that have been shown to help relieve the symptoms-lyrica, cymbalta, and savella (milnacipran). In addition, regular aer... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Combination medicine: I agree with dr rosenfeld but would add that the combination of hydrocodone with an anti-inflammatory (such as motrin) will work better.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No: The symptoms of spinal stenosis can sometimes mimic those of vascular disease (clogging of blood vessels). I would see your doctor and get this check... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Back or Leg Pain: There are two types, one causes back pain and the other leg pain. Both seem to get worse with standing or walking. Don't assume you have spinal sten... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia is thought to be caused by a neurochemical deficit in the brain (low brain chemicals). This manifests itself as muscle pains but is in f... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Yes: There is no adverse interaction between these two medications.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Unknown: Although there has been a lot written about mattresses and back pain, there has never been a definitive study proving there is any correlation between... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Anti-seizure med: Tegratol is used for treatment of seizures but also has a specific use for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (an extremely severe type of facial ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia involves all parts of the body. Your symptoms sound like they are coming from the spine. See your family docor for a referral to a pain s... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
We all go though thi: I am sorry to hear you're going through a difficult period in life; this happens to all of us at some time or another. My best recommendation is to w... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Not necessarily: Although these symptoms are consistent with migraine with aura, they can be caused by a lot of other, more serious things. It is really best to see a... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Headache Meds: First, any patient with headaches should have them completely evaluated. To prevent ha, many doctors recommend various cardiac or anti-seizure medica... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Don't try: There is no need for a hospital admission to treat back pain. To solve the problem, find an experienced pain specialist and get it treated.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No need special diet: Just a health diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables along with daily exercise is the best advise for living with any chronically painful condition... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Needle tear dura: Placement of an epidural during labor is done completely by feel. The so called epidural space is very small and if the needle goes through the epidu... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Facial pain: Trigeminal neuralgia causes an intense, lightening-like facial pain. It has been described as the most painful condition known to man. It most ofte... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
It depends: Back pain commonly radiates to the legs so if you are experiencing the leg pain at the same time as the back pain, they are probably related. If the p... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Find out the cause: The best answer is to determine the exact cause of the pain and have it treated. To do this, you have to go to an experienced pain specialist. If thi... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Many possibilities: There are several causes for si joint pain but spinal canal narrowing is not one of them. Narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar spine does not c... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Used for diagnosis: Discography is a test to determine if there is a tear in the disc and if that tear is the source of your pain. It is usually combined with a ct scan d... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
No: However, there are many ways of increasing endorphins other than exercise and/or taking drugs. For example, meditation will increase endorphins as wi... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Yes: There is no know direct correlation between trigeminal neuralgia and dental pain.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Tramadol=Opiate: A common misconception is that tramadol is not an opiate. In fact, it is. An opiate is defined as a medication that binds to a specific type of rece... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
A chronic condition: The condition causes both pain and neurological dysfunction (numbness, tingling, bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction). The disease has no know cure ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Any: All otc pain relievers are safe when taken by a health person at the prescribed doses.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Yes: This drug is rarely prescribed as it has multiple serious side effects. The worst are the strong euphoria is produces in susceptible people. In addi... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Chronic painful Dz: Rsd is a chronic progressive condition characterized by pain, swelling, temperature/ color changes of the affected extremity. The pain can spread to ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Effects/side effects: Nubain is a special type of opiate called an agonist/antagonist. It is a moderately strong analgesic. It is noteworthy for being more effective in w... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
See MD immediately: I am not certain what is causing the problem but i recommend you get in to see a dermatologist immediately. The skin acts as a barrier to prevent org... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Back vs. leg pain: Sciatica refers to pain that travels down the back of the leg. It often originates from a swollen, inflamed spinal nerve. Back pain may come from th... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
See pain specialist: Your general practioneer has very little to offer for treatment of back pain other than meds, pt and time. They also tend to refer you for surgery as... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Burn/electric pain: Sciatica refers to pain in the leg. It is usually limited to a specific area of the leg. Most often the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates dow... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Keep Trying: You can get help if you need it. Simply pick up the phone, call three psychologists in your area and make an appointment with each one. That way you... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Possiby: The weakness could be coming from the disc causing an irritated cervical nerve; it could be due to thoracic outlet syndrome. The weakness could origi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
See pain specialist: The treatment of back pain rests on finding the precise cause of the pain. Although you have a herniated disc (seen on mri), this may not be causing ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
See below: There are several agents that can help with nerve pain-cymbalta, neuron tin, tegretol, topical anesthetics and other topical creams.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 38 years experience
Multiple options: There are several treatments for this painful condition. Because rsd involves abnormal nervous system discharge, medications that reduce activation a... 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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