Dr. Monica Carrion-Jones, Pain Management Physician

“Physical medicine is a combination of orthopedics and neurology. It focuses on the neurological side of pain and how to correct it. It’s a functional discipline – getting people back to the way they lived before pain interrupted their quality of life.
In the past, a doctor would take imaging and then tell the patient what was wrong. We like to talk with the patient and do an examination before imaging, and then use the images and electrodiagnosis to ensure that it matches what the patient describes. We get a higher rate of positive outcomes that way.”

Dr. Jones is originally from Panama, Rep of Panama. Prior to joining Jax Spine and Pain Centers, she practiced in South Georgia and North Carolina. While in North Carolina she served as an Assistant Professor at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. During this time, she was the Director of the Electrodiagnostic Medicine Lab as well as faculty for the residency program. Dr. Jones has conducted extensive research, publishing peer reviewed articles that range from neurotoxicology to dysfunction in the nervous system following spinal cord injuries. She has also participated as a National and International Speaker in Beijing, China and Panama.

CERTIFICATION AND APPOINTMENTS

  • Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • AANEM Research Committee and Program Committee Meeting

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
  • America Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. (AAPMR)>
  • American Academy of Physiatrist (AAP)
  • Best Doctors of America (2010- 2011, 2011-2012, 2015-2016)
  • Teacher of the Year award at Brody School of Medicine Greenville, NC (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Frank J. Flit Award at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA (Best Resident of the year) 2004
  • Best Intern of the year in Panama, Rep of Panama 1996

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Medicine from University of Panama 1995
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2005

WHY I CHOSE PAIN MANAGEMENT

Physical medicine is a combination of orthopedics and neurology. It focuses on the neurological side of pain and how to correct it. It’s a functional discipline – getting people back to the way they lived before pain interrupted their quality of life.

In the past, a doctor would take imaging and then tell the patient what was wrong. We like to talk with the patient and do an examination before imaging, and then use the images and electrodiagnosis to ensure that it matches what the patient describes. We get a higher rate of positive outcomes that way.

PERSONAL INTERESTS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Dr. Jones and her husband have a teenager son that keeps them young. In her free time, she enjoys art and music appreciation, painting, going to the beach, and traveling. She is also involved in community service and served as a Board Member of the Wayne County Exchange Club in Jesup, GA as well as a Board of Trustees of United Way in Greenville, NC.