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Dr. Douglas Roberts MD has treated patients with pain and arthritis for over 20 years, and continues to see patients daily in his own clinic. He is a board-certified Rheumatologist. He is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of California Davis School of Medicine where he teaches medical students and rheumatology fellows as a voluntary attending physician. He has done clinical research on rheumatoid arthritis, and recently published an article on the six warning signs of rheumatoid arthritis.

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We created our Pain Locator as an easy to use online tool to help you find relief from your joint pain, neck pain or lower back pain. Our mission is to educate you about the possible causes of the pain you feel in your spine or joints, and to help you explain your symptoms to your doctor.

how-to-use-itHow to use it


    Use the arrows (lower right corner) to rotate the figure. Choose male or female image you prefer (upper left corner).


    Highlight the PainSpot locations with the mouse pointer.


    This will zoom to an image of the area.

How PainSpot works

Select the painful area
by clicking on it.

Answer a few simple
questions about your pain.

Get instant answers about what
your diagnosis could be. was created by a physician who understands you need pain relief treatment, but you also want to know about your pain; not so much the medical terminology, but about what actually is causing your pain, and why. PainSpot hopes to provide you with information leading you to a better understanding about your pain. This will help to give you a sense of control over your symptoms in easily understandable, non-medical words. First, you click on one of the PainSpots on the interactive 3D figure closest to where you feel your pain. Then you answer some simple questions about your pain. When your pain quiz is finished, several possible conditions are suggested. Potentially serious diseases are also considered. Pain explanations are provided. You then can printout your answers to discuss them with your health professional