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Dr. Joel S Saal Is this you?

About Dr. Joel S Saal

Dr. Joel S Saal, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Redwood City, CA, with another office in San Jose, CA. He has 38 years of experience. His specialties include Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

23 Ratings with 14 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Joel S Saal is Good. Dr. Joel S Saal has been rated by 23 patients. From those 23 patients 14 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Joel S Saal is 3.1 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Soar Medical Group

500 Arguello St Ste 100
Redwood City, CA 94063
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The Physiatry Medical Group

550 S Winchester Blvd Ste 110
San Jose, CA 95128
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Specialties

Dr. Joel S Saal has the following 2 specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Joel S Saal has the following 4 expertise

  • Acute Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cancer Pain

Dr. Joel S Saal has 0 board certified specialties

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Reviews

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Okay doctor, okay practice; generally not a caring environment, however.

I understand they are in business to make a living... essentially to make money, but their process is caring for cattle -- they herd you through the appointments and procedures with next to little TLC and as long as they get their money, they really don't care about the patient's comfort or their ultimate condition.

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Cares about his patients' outcomes

I have and will highly recommend Dr. Joel Saal, MD. Although he can appear to be "all business," he really seems passionate about making sure his patients receive the care they need.

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Frustrated and not done yet

Has yet to figure out anything conclusive as to a diagnosis; it's been three months. Wait times are absolutely absurd, and he's *never* less than half an hour late. Supposedly he saw something worth investigating while doing an ultrasound on my wrist, but I have no more conclusive information than "huh, that's funny." Oh, and thank you very much for both forgetting the anesthetic spray for cortisone injections AND not mentioning the forty-eight-hour flare-up of inflammation afterward.

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Two Stars

Because Dr. Saal is so full of himself, I wanted to ask him if he ever felt the need to ever eat... It's too bad because he may be a good doctor, but it's hard to get past his arrogance...

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Very poor bedside manner

I saw Dr Saal for a severe lumbar spine injury. I have never encountered a man as rude as Dr Saal in my life. He would sware and throw things at me and his staff if things weren't set up just right. During an epidural procedure when he injected the wrong level, he screamed at me, like it was my fault. He may be accurate in diagnosing problems, but I would never wish his treatment on anyone. I am actually surprised he is allowed to practice medicine! Please be careful about choosing him to "care" for you.

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  • Education

    38 Years Experience

  • Tulane University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1980

  • Stanford University School Of Medicine

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Joel S Saal accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross California
    • Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
  • Blue Shield California
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
    • Blue Shield CA PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
    • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
    • Health Net CA PPO
    • Health Net PureCare HSP Individual and Family Plans
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
    • PHCS PPO Kaiser
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

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