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    Can someone direct me to a doctor that specializes in SCI in northern New Jersey. I went to see my new GP doctor today and left absolutely frustrated, as they know nothing about SCI. In particular, she suspected that I had PVD, even after I explained that foot redness is common after sci, as we have pooling of blood in the feet in a sitting position. I also explained that Ive had it for years. I also explained that I had a cardiac study last year, all normal. I also explained that I had a doppler done last year. I have no clots, everything is normal. She is telling me to go to a cardiologist now. I am 34 years post injury. If anyone knows an SCI doctor in NJ, please let me know.

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    Your best bet is to find a physiatrist (physician specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) who also specialized in SCI, and who also takes primary care patients. Many do not, but you may find one who is willing to consult with your primary care physician. It would be much better to get an internal medicine physician rather than a GP to be your PCP (primary care physician) as well.

    You can search for board certified physiatrists here: https://members.aapmr.org/AAPMR/AAPMR_FINDER.aspx

    In addition, a physician who is additionally board certified in Spinal Cord Medicine would be ideal. Most are physiatrists, but there are also neurosurgeons, neurologists, internal medicine physicians, orthopedists, and even urologists who have this additional certification. You can find one for your area here:
    https://www.abpmr.org/PhysicianSearch/Search

    You might also contact your closest large SCI/D acute rehabilitation center SCI/D outpatient clinic to see if they have such physicians, or can refer you to one in your area.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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