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Ryan M. Unger, MD

About Dr. Unger

Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Unger is a board-certified physician who specializes in pain management. He evaluates and treats a wide range of pain disorders, including:

  • Direct tissue injury, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nerve injury or a nervous system disease, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and neuropathy (nerve pain due to past surgeries, shingles, or diabetes)
  • Tissue and nerve injury, such as back pain
  • Pain due to cancer
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches

Communications is key to diagnosing pain, and Dr. Unger works closely with patients to find the root cause. His in-depth knowledge of pain disorders and using different diagnostic tests to pinpoint the cause of pain is critical in the implementation of a customized treatment plan. All procedures are done on an outpatient basis, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays and MRIs can be performed at Fox Valley Orthopedics.

Dr. Unger uses several methods to treat pain, including medications (anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants), injections to numb pain (nerve blocks or spinal injections) and physical therapy. He also specializes in:

*Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or lesioning - A non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure where heat is used to ablate or damage pain-transmitting nerve fibers. The RFA reduces or permanently decreases the transmission of painful information to the brain from the knee. This procedure is often used to treat knee and spinal osteoarthritis.

*Regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cells, to alleviate chronic pain - Depending on diagnosis, this can be used for a variety of joint, tendon, ligament and spinal conditions.

A tortured Cleveland Browns fan, Dr. Unger enjoys watching sports, traveling with his family, and taking care of his two daughters.

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Meet My Team

From left: Kelly (Medical Secretary), Dr. Ryan Unger, and Christine
(Registered Nurse)
From left: Kelly (Medical Secretary), Dr. Ryan Unger, and Christine (Registered Nurse)
Affiliations Elgin Lin Lor Office, Geneva North Office, Geneva South Office, Barrington Office
Education
  • College
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology John Carroll University
    University Heights, OH
  • Medical School
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
    Rootstown, OH
  • Residency
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Loyola University Medical Center
    Chicago, IL
  • Board Certification
  • Board Certification by The American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Memberships:
  • Member of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Physiatrists
Hospitals:
If you have questions regarding your bill or insurance coverage, please call our Patient Accounts Department. Accounts are handled by different representatives according to the first letter of your last name.

A-H (630) 524-0147
I-Q (630) 524-0151
R-Z (630) 524-0148

Insurances Accepted:
  • AETNA PPO 
  • AETNA HMO 
  • AETNA Choice 
  • AETNA EPO 
  • AETNA POS 
  • AETNA Open Access 
  • AETNA MMAI 
  • ALLEGIANCE PPO 
  • ALLIED BENEFIT SYSTEMS PPO 
  • BEECHSTREET PPO 
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD PPO 
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD EPO 
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD HMO FV Med 
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD Medicare Adv PPO 
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD Medicare Advantage HMO 
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD Northwestern HMO 
  • CIGNA PPO 
  • CIGNA HMO 
  • CIGNA POS 
  • CIGNA ONE HEALTH HMO 
  • COFINITY PPO 
  • CONVENTRY HMO 
  • CORVEL PPO 
  • COVENTRY PPO 
  • ECHO 1 PPO 
  • FIRST HEALTH PPO 
  • GALAXY PPO 
  • GOLDENRULE PPO 
  • GREATWEST PPO 
  • GREATWEST HMO 
  • GREATWEST POS 
  • HEALTHSMART PPO 
  • Healthspring True Choice PPO 
  • HRM PPO 
  • HRM EPO 
  • HUMANA EPO 
  • HUMANA Medicare Adv PPO 
  • HUMANA Medicare Adv HMO 
  • Medicare Advantage 
  • MEDISHARE PPO 
  • MERITAIN PPO 
  • MULTIPLAN PPO 
  • MULTIPLAN Medicare Advantage 
  • NPPN (national preferred provider network) PPO 
  • PBA PPO 
  • PHCS PPO 
  • PPO NEXT PPO 
  • PRIORITY HEALTH PPO 
  • SAVILITY PPO 
  • SMARTHEALTH PPO 
  • TRICARE HMO HUM.SEL. 
  • UHC Choice Plus 
  • UHC PPO 
  • UHC HMO 
  • UHC POS 
  • UHC Choice 
  • UHC Select 
  • UHC Medicare Advantage HMO 
  • UMR PPO 
  • UNICARE PPO 
  • VIANT PPO 
  • ZING Medicare Rep