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Dr. Scott Naftulin

Pain Management
Bethlehem, PA
35 years experience male

Locations

Office

Bethlehem, PA

Address

3400 Bath Pike, Suite 400, Bethlehem, PA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pain Management

Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
To treat pain: There are many types of painkillers. Also known as analgesics, these medications are used to stop or decrease pain.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Generally, yes: Painkillers, also known as analgesic medications, come in many forms. Generally, these medications will help with pain from a musculoskeletal cause su... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
No: More likely, and concerning conditions, are a pilonidal cyst, local skin infection, or rectal-related issue.
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Low back?: The potential causes of your symptoms are numerous. The pain could be caused by nerve, lumbar, hip or knee problems. Further evaluation by a musculosk... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
It varies: The block may be ineffective. If effective, the duration of relief can be short-lived or prolonged but usually the former. Repeat blocks are not uncom... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
It is difficult.: Sciatica is defined as pain below the knee originating from the lumbar(lower)spine. Although classically described as a benign problem which will spon... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: However, use extreme caution as there can be cumulative effects leading to respiratory depression, and possible death. Both agents can also be habit-f... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Acetaminophen and/or: You can take acetaminophen, muscle relaxants, or opiate analgesics(narcotics) while on nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs(nsaids) such as meloxicam. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
It depends: Is it rheumatoid or osteo-arthritis? In the treatment of osteoarthritis(degenerative joint disease), frequently physical therapy is used to treat the ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: Post-traumatic arthritis or degenerative joint disease is a well-recognized medical condition. If you injure a joint, injury to the cartilage or bony ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Osteoarthitis: The terms "osteoarthritis" , "osteoarthrosis" and "degenerative joint disease"(djd) are used interchangeably. They all refer to age-related joint det... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Similar: Both medications are considered muscle relaxants. Skelaxin(metaxalone) and soma( carisprodol) are used for acute pain and muscle spasm. Sometimes peop... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
See your doctor: You may need an evaluation by a specialist such as neurologist or ENT specialist(otolaryngologist).
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
NSAIDs: Lortab contains hydrocodone, a narcotic or opiate analgesic. One can take antiinflammatory or NSAID medication with the lortab. The benefits tend to b... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Relatively so.: Celebrex (celecoxib) is a cox-2 inhibitor. This medication is a pain-relieving antiinflammatory medication. As with all other nonsteroidal antiinflamm... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Many possibilities: The potential causes of these symptoms are innumerable but most commonly are the result of lumbar spinal conditions. You should consult with your phys... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
ITB syndrome: The recommended treatment includes activity modification(relative rest, less mileage, attention to surface you are training on), stretching(medical li... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
It depends : Many chiropractors have received additional training and certification or have added interest in the treatment of sports injuries. However, certain in... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Several possibilitie: The most common causes would be a meniscal tear, osteoarthritis or soft tissue problem(tendonitis). An evaluation by a physician knowledgeable is thes... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
It depends: The cause of the weakness and numbness needs to be determined before rendering treatment.
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: These medications are compatible.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Straight leg raises: Lay down on your back with your legs straight out. Lift one leg at a time, keeping your knee straight. Repeat several times until fatigued. Then perfo... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Prevention: Once a migraine headache begins, it can be difficult to treat. Some of the treatments produce unpleasant side effects. There are certain dietary modif... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
No: Prolonged immobilization will more likely prolong your recovery and may be detrimental to your long-term function. Although the MRI findings sound con... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
It depends: The treatment is dependent upon the diagnosis. If there is an obvious deformity of your shoulder or upper arm, or the symptoms persist despite relativ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: Daypro (oxaprozin) is the brand name of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication which can be taken with acetaminophen.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Appropriate response: The toradol (ketorolac) is for relatively severe pain but will only last for generally hours but not longer.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Cardiovascular: Sciatica refers to lumbar spine related leg pain. In general, cardiovascular or aerobic activity including walking can be helpful in treating -if the ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: Percocet is the brand name for a medication which contains Acetaminophen (brand name tylenol) and oxycodone, an opiate analgesic or narcotic medicatio... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Benign mass vs nerve: A ganglion cyst is a benign mass or lump that frequently occurs at the wrist. It can be uncomfortable and unsightly but is not harmful. Carpal tunnel ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
No: Your ankle pain is not from your cervical spine problem.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Depends on the drug: Many pain medicines only last 4 hours and therefore repeat dosing at night is acceptable.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Many possibilities: Many times the cause of middle back pain is referred from another body part or organ such as stomach, lung, or kidney. If caused by a back or spine pr... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes.: There are multiple causes for low back pain during pregnancy. The causes vary depending upon the trimester. Mechanical causes occur due to the obvious... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Many: The most common is difficulty swallowing. Other complications include infection, pain, nerve/spinal cord injury(rare), headache, and vocal cord paraly... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Time: Opiate withdrawal symptoms will lessen over time. Certain medications taken during discontinuation such as Clonidine or Clonazepam can minimize the un... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes. Ultram, ryzolt: Ultram is the original brand name of tramadol. There are longer acting formulations such as ryzolt.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
By clinical exam: The diagnosis generally can be made by a physician specializing in musculoskeletal medicine(physiatry, orthopedics) by simply an examination. Diagnost... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Sciatica?: You may be suffering from sciatica, that is, leg pain from a lumbar spine problem. Other diagnostic possibilities include diabetic neuropathy(amyotrop... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Referred pain?: If the MRI and xray were only of the knee and were truly 'clean', other possible causes include lumbar radiculopathy , or 'a pinched nerve in the back... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Cervical spine?: There are multiple possible causes. A common cause is an irritated nerve in the neck or cervical spine. Other possible causes include a shoulder probl... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Cause?: Joint pain may have many causes. Once the cause of the pain is determined, an appropriate treatment plan can be made. However, drugs especially opiate... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Not necessarily: Cervical discectomy is most commonly performed for pain refractory to nonoperative treatment. However, neurologic symptoms are also common. If numbnes... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: There are multiple mechanisms by which cervical spine problems produce headaches. Nevertheless, headaches are a common symptom after cervical surgery.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Yes: Similar to other nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (nsaids), Meloxicam can be taken for prolonged periods of time. Do not exceed the prescribed dosa... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Unlikely: Generally, when done for screening purposes, this drug is not tested.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Multiple findings: There could be multiple x-ray abnormalities indicating spine arthritis including bone spurs, joint and disc space narrowing, and malalignment.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
No: Aspirin has been shown to be effective for certain cardiovascular diseases. However, other pain relievers including nsaids do not have the same benef... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
What is the cause?: The cause of the pain will determine the cure. Causes can include cardiac, pulmonary, gi(esophagus, stomach) or musculoskeletal (costochondritis). Eva... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Maybe: These symptoms are relatively common and can be associated with numerous medical conditions. The symptoms may represent cervical radiculopathy (pinche... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Naftulin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Naftulin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I always felt guilty being on my pain meds. I even tried not taking. Them to see if just maybe it was them! Needless to say, NOPE! ! I GOT
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Thanks for your quick reply! I am 26 years old suffering disks since i was 20 years. what is the most practical sollution to my problme?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks, I have spasticity. I will speak w/my doctor :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1987MD

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Allentown Region, PA - Summer
2013
Top Pain Management Specialist , First Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates
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