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Dr. Karthic Babu Natarajan

Dr. Karthic Babu Natarajan

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MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, DNB - Anaesthesia

Spine And Pain Specialist


Pain Management Specialist

18 Years Experience Overall  (14 years as specialist)

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Dr. Karthic Babu Natarajan is the certified pain management doctor from Chennai, India. He is one of the dedicated, full-time spine and pain physicians from Tamil Nadu. He is the Director and Pain consultant in Synapse Pain & Spine Clinic in Adyar, Chennai. He is also the Interventional Pain Management consultant in Apollo Hospitals, V S Hospital and Apollo Spectra Hospitals, MRC Nagar, Chennai. He was a gold medallist during his MBBS. He finished his MD in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine from Kasturba Medical College, MNG, Manipal Academy. He went on to do his DNB and Fellowship in Interventional Pain Management (FIPM) from Aesculap Academy, Germany. Dr. Karthic Natarajan is the first pain physician to clear the exam and qualify as Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) (WIP, USA) from south India in 2009. He is an experienced physician in treating Back pain, disc herniation/sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, knee arthritis, joint pains, headaches/ migraine, nerve related pain, cancer pain, and palliation. He provides treatment through medications, pain interventions like injections, RF ablations, PRP injections, botox injections, neurolytic blocks, etc, besides physical therapy and good rehab. Patients who want to avoid open spine or joint replacement surgeries can consider pain management options. Dr. Karthic Natarajan performs all pain interventions through fluoroscopic /ultrasound image guidance. All treatments are scientific, allopathic and evidence based to maintain highest standards of safety and accuracy. Besides treating patients with pain, he also trains junior doctors in pain interventions through his interventional pain courses. He is a regular speaker at national and international pain conferences. He is the Chairman of World Institute of Pain - South Asia Section and also an international examiner of FIPP examinations. He works with his team members Dr's Vanmathy, KP Kosygan and Vidhyasagar in the Synapse Pain and Spine Clinic.

Besant Nagar, Chennai

Synapse Pain & Spine Clinic


Block- M90/1, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Annai Velankanni Road, Landmark: Opposite RBI Staff Quarters, Chennai

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Common questions & answers

Q: How does a spine and pain specialist treat pain?

A: A spine and pain specialist will first diagnose the underlying condition on the basis of medical history, signs/symptoms, physical examination and tests. Then he will treat pain by prescribing medications as well as performing surgeries depending upon the nature of underlying condition.

Q: Is the spine specialist same as orthopaedic surgeon?

A: Spine speciality is a superspeciality for an orthopaedic surgeon. Thus, most of the spine specialists are the orthopaedic surgeons who do fellowships further in spine speciality.

Q: Can a spine and pain specialist treat sciatica pain?

A: Yes, a spine and pain specialist can treat sciatica pain by steroid injections around the involved nerve root, and with surgeries like laminectomy and diskectomy.

Q: What happens on my first visit to the spine and pain specialist?

A: On your first visit to the spine and pain specialist, he will first ask for your medical history and signs and symptoms. Then he will perform physical examination and ask for certain tests, procedures for the diagnosis of the condition. After the diagnosis, depending upon the underlying condition he will treat the condition by medicines, exercises and surgery.

Q: Can I see a spine specialist for backache?

A: Yes, you can see a spine specialist for backache as it can be due to some underlying spine disorder which will be appropriately diagnosed and treated by a spine specialist.

Awards and Recognitions

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Gold Medallist During MBBS - 2000
Best Scientific Paper - KISACON 2005 - 2005
Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice (WIP, USA) - 2009
Chairman, World Institute of Pain - South Asia Section - 2017
Governing Council member, Indian Society for the Study of Pain - 2014


MBBS - Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, 2002
MD - Anaesthesiology - Kasturba Medical College, 2006
DNB - Anaesthesia - National Board Of Examination, 2007


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Indian Medical Association (IMA)
Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA)
Indian Society for the Study of Pain
World Institute of Pain (WIP)
International Association for the Study of Pain


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2006 - 2010 Asst Prof of Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology at Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre
2010 - 2011 Associate Prof of Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology at Chettinad Medical City
2011 - 2017 Consultant, Pain Medicine at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road
2011 - 2016 Consultant, Pain Medicine at Back and Pain Centre, The Apollo Clinic, T Nagar
2016 - 2020 Director and Consultant, Pain Medicine at Synapse Pain and Spine Clinic, Adyar


70648 Tamil Nadu Medical Council, 2002
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