John V. Watkins, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

New Mexico Bone and Joint Institute
2301 Indian Wells, Ste A
Alamogordo, CA 88310


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ohn V. Watkins is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Watkins earned his undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned a medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Watkins received his post graduate training at UCLA Medical Center in General Surgery and Anesthesiology. He specialized in Pain Management.

Completing residency Dr. Watkins was faculty at the West Los Angeles VA/UCLA where he was a clinical professor until 1995 whereupon he began private practice and opened a comprehensive pain center in Los Angeles. He remained in private practice in California until being recruited by the Navajo Nation to serve as Chief of Anesthesia and was able to establish the first pain management center on a reservation for Native Americans in the United States in 2011. He is now proud to join the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute.

Dr. Watkins has vast knowledge of spine disorders and treatment from his experience in tertiary medical centers and private pain practice including the Brain and Spine Center/Neurosurgical Associates of Los Angeles. Dr. Watkins is an expert in spine care as it relates to injury and workman’s compensation. His experience and compassion will enhance the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institutes’ commitment to returning patients to a successful lifestyle.

Procedures Performed Include but Are Not Limited to:

  • Epidural Steroid Injections (neck, mid-back, low-back)
  • Nerve Root Injections (neck, mid, low-back)
  • SI Joint Injections
  • SI Joint Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA denervation)
  • Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Injections (neck, mid, Low-back)
  • Spinal Facet Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA denervation)
  • Regenerative Therapy
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Supra Orbital Nerve Block
  • Gasserian Ganglion Block
  • Celiac Plexus Block

  • Superior Hypogastric Block
  • Genicular Nerve Blocks
  • Joint Injections
  • Bursa Injections
  • Vertebral Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty
  • Drug Delivery Systems Trials and Implants (Pain pumps)
  • Neuro Stimulator Trials and Implants Spinal Cord Stimulators (Peripheral Nerve Stimulators)
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Ganglion Impair Blocks
  • Neurolytic Blocks

Conditions Treated Include:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging Discs
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Sacro-iliac Joint Dysfunctions
  • Facet Joint Dysfunction
  • Neck Pain
  • Midback (thoracic pain)
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • RSD (CRPS) Neuropathic Pain Syndromes
  • Post-thoracotomy Syndrome

  • Post-herpetic Neuralgia
  • Peripheral Neuropathies (Diabetic, Idiopathic)
  • Post Hernia Repair Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia /Atypical Facial Pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Coccydynia (tail bone pain)
  • Cancer Pain
  • Headaches
  • Post-Operative Surgical Complications/Atypical Post-Op Residual Pain Syndrome

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2301 Indian Wells, Ste A
Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310

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