Joel See, MD

Pain Medicine, The Spine Center

255 Ratings
Years in Practice: 12 years
Practices In: Joliet
Patients Seen: Adults

My father was an internist in a bygone era. He worked alone in the clin­ic and went to the hos­pi­tal every morn­ing to see patients and then spent the rest of the day in the clin­ic. It was a fam­i­ly busi­ness, and my mom was in the office doing every­thing from answer­ing the phone to the billing. I also start­ed work­ing in the office myself for a few years before med­ical school and I am glad that I was able to see how things worked in the real world before get­ting over­whelmed with the sci­ence. The clin­ic was locat­ed in Waukegan, Illi­nois, and the patients were most­ly work­ing class, salt of the earth peo­ple, many com­ing in tired after work­ing long hours or third shifts. My dad did his best to take care of them, to keep them in good health so they could keep work­ing to sup­port their fam­i­lies. As an internist he pre­scribed med­ica­tions but also preached that patients have the pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty for man­ag­ing their health in the con­text of their wider lives.I start­ed out in pri­ma­ry care but even­tu­al­ly my career took a dif­fer­ent path, but I proud­ly still tend to treat peo­ple as if I were still work­ing in a small clin­ic. I want to form rela­tion­ships that are mea­sured in years instead of vis­its. Even though I think my dad was a bit dis­ap­point­ed that I did not fol­low exact­ly in his foot­steps. I think he would be proud that I am able to car­ry on his lega­cy. I don’t have all of the solu­tions but I still con­sid­er it a suc­cess to help peo­ple get through life a lit­tle more com­fort­ably. I want to help peo­ple live their best active life, whether it be through dif­fer­ent pain treat­ments, pre­scrip­tions for ther­a­py or rec­om­men­da­tions for weight loss. Often, inac­tiv­i­ty is more to blame than age when peo­ple lose the abil­i­ty to do things on their own. Lack of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty also can lead to more vis­its to the doc­tor, more hos­pi­tal­iza­tions, and more use of med­i­cines for a vari­ety of illnesses.

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Clinical Interests

I am inter­est­ed in get­ting peo­ple more active and func­tion­al, ready to enjoy life or go back to work. I am reluc­tant to call peo­ple dis­abled and will work to help peo­ple get func­tion­al­ly better.

Personal Interests

I am try­ing my best to be a good hus­band and father to my three boys. We enjoy trav­el­ling and escape rooms, fit­ness and exer­cise, and cook­ing together.

Spine Intervention Society American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ascension Saint Joseph Hospital, Joliet
333 Madison Street Joliet, Illinois 60435 815-725-7133 Get Directions
St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, WI Graduation Date: 2002 Degree: MD
Tufts University School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Massachusetts Categorical Internal Medicine
Georgia Pain Physicians, PC Pain & Spine, Interventional Pain Medicine


Botox for Migraines, Botox for Spasticity, Caudal Steroid Injection, Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, Joint Injection of the Hip, Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection, Medial Branch Block, Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection, Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant, Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection, Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, Trigger Point Injection


Cervical Radiculopathy, Coccydynia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Degenerative Disc Disease, Facet Syndrome, Herniated Discs, Kyphosis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Occipital Neuralgia, Peripheral Neuralgia/Neuropathy, Piriformis Syndrome, Post Laminectomy Syndrome, Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Whiplash Headache


Ratings Category

The Patient Satisfaction Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

Patient Satisfaction Rating

255 Ratings

Provider discussed treatment options

255 Ratings

Provider showed concern

254 Ratings

Provider explained things clearly

253 Ratings

Provider included you in decisions

255 Ratings

Likelihood of recommending this provider

253 Ratings


Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.
"Dr. See explained in words that I could understand and was very patient."
Sep. 20, 2023
"Always welcomed and respected and loved and I feel like a new person"
Sep. 19, 2023
"Was nice experience all around."
Sep. 15, 2023
"*Dr. See was very explanatory and patient to my concerns."
Sep. 11, 2023
"Dr See explained my condition and treatment in a way I could understand. The pain still exists to a degree and he explained another procedure which might help. He was very good during both injections and talked his way through in a kind way."
Aug. 28, 2023
"Dr. See always asks about my interest and encourages me to stay busy. Makes me feel my emotional health is important too."
Aug. 28, 2023
"*Dr. See was excellent. Explain every concern I had."
Aug. 22, 2023
"Always a great experience"
Aug. 14, 2023
"Dr. See always helps me with my pain. Great doctor"
Aug. 10, 2023
"It's always a good experience with Dr. See and his staff!"
Aug. 8, 2023
"Dr See always listens giving best advice for patients situation hoping the patient will take heed."
Aug. 5, 2023
"They are all very kind."
Jul. 19, 2023
"Wonderful experience."
Jul. 15, 2023
"*Dr. See was very attentive to my concerns & explained treatment plans & options to my complete satisfaction."
Jul. 11, 2023
"I 'm not in pain very good!"
Jul. 10, 2023
"Dr. See took the time to show where the problem is and discussed what might be what Is causing my pain. "
Jul. 8, 2023
"I have had this physician in the past. He does great work. Skilled physician."
Jul. 3, 2023
"Very informative, caring, suggestions"
Jun. 26, 2023
"Always a great experience."
Jun. 13, 2023
"Dr.See always takes the time to listen to your problem."
Jun. 12, 2023
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