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Hisashi W. Kobayashi, MD

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
I specialize in diagnosis and nonsurgical treatments of spine, musculoskeletal and nerve issues. I perform various therapeutic and diagnostic procedures including spine injections, ultrasound-guided joint and soft tissue injections, and nerve studies (EMG). Successful treatments rely on not only the proper diagnosis, but must also factor in your lifestyle, comorbidities and expectations. I favor conservative approach whenever feasible, and injections are not always the right option. Many of my patients improve substantially without any invasive treatments. Physical therapy tends to play a big role for many of my patients. I aim to deliver the utmost in nonsurgical treatments, while always keeping in mind what is best for my patients.
Field of Study
Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School
Berkshire Medical Center
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tufts Medical Center
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Southwest Spine and Sports
Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal emg
  • achilles tendonitis
  • ankle injury
  • arm pain
  • back pain
  • bicep injury
  • biceps tendonitis
  • brachial plexopathy
  • bursitis
  • calf muscle injury
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cartilage injury
  • cervical disc disease
  • cervical disc herniation
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • cortisone injection
  • elbow injury
  • elbow pain
  • electrodiagnostic medicine
  • electromyography
  • epicondylitis
  • epidural injection
  • frozen shoulder
  • gastrocnemius injury
  • hamstring injury
  • hip impingement
  • hip labral tear
  • hip pain
  • hip pain, under age 60
  • interventional pain management
  • joint injection
  • knee injuries
  • knee pain
  • knee pain for patients aged younger than 60
  • leg injury
  • leg numbness
  • leg pain
  • locking knee
  • lower back injuries
  • lumbosacral radiculopathy
  • meniscus
  • meniscus injury
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • neck injury
  • neck pain
  • nerve block
  • nerve conduction studies
  • numbness
  • osteoarthritis
  • overuse injury
  • patellofemoral syndrome
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • peroneal neuropathy
  • piriformis syndrome
  • plantar fasciitis
  • rotator cuff
  • rotator cuff impingement
  • rotator cuff injury
  • running injury
  • sciatica
  • shin splints
  • shoulder impingement
  • shoulder injury
  • shoulder pain
  • shoulder strain
  • spine injuries
  • spondylolisthesis
  • sports injury
  • tendonitis
  • ulnar nerve compression

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.0 out of 5 (83 Ratings, 17 Comments)


I enjoyed this visit.

Very friendly and he clearly explained what he was going to do, and what I needed to do.

What a waste of my time and money!! He talked about other health issues which were non of his concern (I am being treated by other swedish docs) He spoke to me about things he knew nothing about- no clue about my current treatment-I had to explain to him (my other health conditions). He did not listen, he was rough on me during the exam making it more painful that it needed to be!

I told him I had anxiety issues about being out side my apartment (known mental health patient) and he went on to complain about my blood pressure (of course my blood pressure and pulse were skyrocketed I was in panic mode) then he went on to moan about my weight and that I need to go for walks, i wanted to slap him, he didn't listen at all. The sole purpose of my visit (and what I scheduled it for) was to get a recommendation for which tens unit I should buy which he didn't have any information prepared, told me I should ask someone else and not him, went on in length about how to pay for it (which was not what i asked him EVER), and when backed into a corner he pulled out his phone and found one of the most expensive units on amazon and recommended that brand, which I later found out has gone out of business. This appointment was a complete waist of my time [...] and an insult to me. If a doctor can even come to my appointment prepared to answer and help with the reason I made the appointment, he/she shouldn't be allowed to be a doctor. While my primary care provider Dr. [...] is a shining example of a professional and caring doctor, this hack is worthless.

Dr. Kobayashi seemed confused, passive, and disinterested. He declined to address two of the three issues for which I was referred, literally - with a literal shrug - shrugging off one of them and ending the appointment early before I could bring up the other one. He did the most cursory of examinations, didn't read the forms I took a lot of time filling out, and shruggingly (again) referred me to a colleague. I got up at 6 in the morning, spent an hour in traffic, and Dr. Kobayashi gave me less than half an hour of his time. I left feeling unheard, unseen, and uncared-for. I left in tears.

[...] Dr. was very good

I felt I was dismissed as a malinger because my problem isn't straight forward. I came with the goal of defining what is causing my pain, learn how to improve it, and returni to my usual state of fitness with less pain and sleep disruption. He made me feel dumb for erroneously asking if the source was coming from my SI joint instead of my hip. He did send me to the right place, and I feel the treatment plan will be effective, which I am grateful for.

Was somewhat frustrated in that it felt like provider was unable or unwilling to engage in big picture conversation about my overall condition- was somewhat intervention focused, and didn't take a very holistic approach. But it may be that I should have been referred to another type of specialist...

Dr. Kobayashi is very engageable with me & my medical needs.

I didn't feel that the severity of my issues was understood/acknowledged and didn't feel heard about the input on my treatment plan.

Very Clinical, did not provide short term pain relief medication prescription. Prescription provided was called into mail order service without my knowledge which delayed medication for 5 days. Medication for pain relief was requested after a week and provided to the local pharmacy I selected

He has a bad bedside manner. I felt I was being talked down to. I asked him to be more pleasant, and he didn't say he was sorry - he said didn't "wasn't" being unpleasant.

Seemed to ignore other symptoms but they may not have been relevant. Dr. was very thorough & patient otherwise.

[...] I felt it was too long of a wait to get my appointment in with the amount of pain I was dealing with.


I was so dissatisfied with the care provider that I have since left and got a second opinion with [...]. I will continue using Swedish - with my family doctor.

I left feeling like he had no idea at all what the cause of the problem was. His diagnosis appeared to be more of a guess that wasn't supported by my medical history or the medical history of any of my relatives. Further, the x-ray seemed like a waste of time/money when, if anything, the only test that w/h made sense was a MRI. Subsequently, the physical therapist was able to take the necessary steps to properly diagnose what the most likely causes of the knee problem were. I have confidence in the PT, but not the doctor's diagnosis. The PT used language that made sense and was supported by the available facts after manipulating my knee and hip in various ways.
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