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Biography

Dr. Craig Best is a board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Medicine specialist. He provides comprehensive non-surgical spine and musculoskeletal care to patients with a variety of neck and spine conditions. Utilizing a thorough history and physical examination, imaging, electrodiagnostic studies, and diagnostic injections, he identifies patients’ specific pain generators. Then, he is able to prescribe an individualized treatment plan that may consist of medications, detailed physical/occupational therapy or exercise prescriptions, and/or a wide variety of injections and minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Best's ultimate goal for his patients is to improve their pain and function, allowing for a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.

After graduating from Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Best completed his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry) residency at Rush University Medical Center. He subsequently completed subspecialty fellowship training in Interventional Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital.

Dr. Best has published articles discussing various spine and musculoskeletal medicine topics. He has lectured in the Greater Chicago Area, including Rush University Medical Center’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program, on subjects ranging from diagnosis and interventional management of spine-related pain to running and sports-related injuries. He is a member of the Spine Intervention Society and North American Spine Society.

Practice Emphasis

  • Non-surgical spine care
  • Electrodiagnostics (EMG/NCS)
  • Interventional orthobiologics including platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections

Special Procedures

  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar epidural steroid injections
  • Thoracic and lumbar selective nerve root blocks
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar facet joint injections
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar medial branch blocks
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar radiofrequency ablation
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Sacral lateral branch blocks
  • Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation
  • Thoracic and lumbar provocative discography
  • Spinal cord stimulator trials
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Peripheral joint injections
  • Genicular nerve blocks
  • Genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation
  • Trigger point injections
  • Botox for migraine headache
  • Lumbar sympathetic block
  • Stellate ganglion block

 

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, Tennessee
  • Internship
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Residency
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Fellowship
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Certification
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine

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Physician Office Locations

Chicago

1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Naperville

55 Shuman Blvd, Suite 700

Naperville, Illinois 60563