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"Dr. Chen and his staff are awesome! I regained function back thanks to Dr. Chen! 


After suffering for many years with spinal problems - lumbar and cervical, significant pain that has a big effect on my everyday living activities such as standing, sitting, walking; decreased mobility and function, I wen to Dr. Chen. I found him to be very knowledgeable, compassionate, and personable and above all, I found him to be a good listener. As a result, he was able to help me by NOT ONLY detecting what was causing my spinal problems but also recognize a significant area of muscle atrophy and inflammation that other doctors did not comment on. Finally, he was able to perform treatments that made a big difference in my walking!

I was so happy because with Dr. Chen's skill and knowledge, he was able to tailor his care to my specific needs. Believe me, that was not easy as I have a difficult problem that is chronic and several doctor's before him were unsuccessful. My physical therapy told me to "stick with Dr. Chen as he is the only doctor who has been able to help you!"

I suffer from chronic low back pain and severe leg and back pain with sciatica, multi-level disc bulging and a prior compression fracture of the lumbar spine. I have neurological symptoms such as foot drop on both legs, decreased muscle strength of major muscle groups, numbness and decreased sensation. My neck is also very painful and I have decreased strength in both arms as well as numbness / tingling in the hands. I have disc bulges and arthritis in the neck.

I have benefited from Dr. Chen's medical acupuncture - it helps with pain and inflammation. I have also benefited from steroid injections by Dr. Chen to help with pain and function. However, most of all, I have benefited by Dr. Chen performing PRP injections! Prior to my PRP injection, my physical therapist measured my functional ability to walk at only 800 steps first thing in the morning before I would lose leg function such that I could not take a step. By the afternoon, my muscles had fatigued so bad that I struggled to make it into Dr. Chen's office. I entered Dr. Chen's office struggling to walk and dragging both feet, even with assistive devices. 

A month or so after my PRP injection, I started noticing I had more endurance. My physical therapist measured my walking and noted that the number of steps I have take before my legs fatigued, more than doubled from the prior measurement! I made it to Dr. Chen's office in the afternoon and my feet were not dragging. I was so happy, I showed everyone in his office!

Due to my condition, my function will never get back to normal, however I definitely will continue to see Dr. Chen for acupuncture twice a week to help me with pain management and continue with the treatment plan, including PRP injections to help my function.

Thank you Dr. Chen! What a great physician you are! There is a good reason your waiting room is always crowded and your treatment rooms are full!


-Catherine Johnson


Dr Yung Chen is a passionate, highly-regarded doctor. He believes that there are better choices other than surgery. In horrible sciatica pain and being mis-diagnosed elsewhere, he looked at his Xray of my collapsed L4 and said , "You must be in terrible pain. I will take care of you. I know how to fix 99% of the patients like you recover with no pain. And, he did. After an epidural and weeks of acupuncture, which allowed me to heal before physical therapy, I am now re-building my weakened muscle. He is an extraordinary doctors with a true compassion for his patients. 


Thank you Dr. Chen and team for your incredible help, kindness and knowledge! I came into the office with severe neck pain due to my job. From the front staff to the medical assistants and to Dr. Chen, I felt so comfortable to be there! I went during Covid time and their office has definitely followed safety protocols (temperature check, not many people in waiting room, masks, shields, etc) and I felt super safe! I ended up getting the trigger and epidural injection which have helped me tremendously! Because of you all I am able to return back to work without pain! I cannot thank you all enough! And beautiful office space!

-Eric R.

Dr. Chen opened a new office location. The staff is terrific and so is Dr. Chen - they really care about getting you out of pain, providing whatever is necessary to be able to move-on with your life. I am very impressed by this new location. The ease of the office visit for people in pain could not be more convenient. Parking in the back, and just steps from the lobby.


I went to Dr. Chen for PRP treatment following two L5/S1 surgeries in two years. The staff was very welcoming and attentive. My first consultation with Dr. Chen was extremely thorough and after discussing my situation he recommended PRP. He took his time explaining the procedure and answered all of my questions. He takes a very practical and wholistic approach towards health and recovery which really appeals to me. The procedure was easy and painless. I'm looking forward to recovering after the PRP and I highly recommend visiting Dr. Chen to address any health and wellness issues you may have.

-John B. 

A miracle worker, plain and simple. I came to Dr. Chen after a recent injury, but have long struggled with neck and back pain. One our first meeting my upper back muscles and neck were so tight I couldn't properly move. With some shockingly non-invasive treatments in his office, hours later I was a new person. I went back a week later to receive My first round of acupuncture and after two weeks I went back for my third visit just as some pain was coming back. After a round of acupuncture and pressure point injections (20-45 minutes depending), the pain was gone.

But more than that, he has amazing medspa services that are unbeatable and offer the best IV drips on the Peninsula. His brand new office is chic, but calming and welcoming, as is his staff of very talented and kind nurses and administrative assistants. I have referred Dr. Chen to several people (from those needing severe spinal help, to those looking to get some rejuvenating IV drips or cosmetic treatments) and every single referral has loved him! Dr. Chen is a miracle worker, but he is also incredibly intelligent, comforting and relatable. It is a pleasure to be his patient!


Dr. Chen opened a new office location. The staff is terrific and so is Dr. Chen - they really care about getting you out of pain, providing whatever is necessary to be able to move-on with your life. I am very impressed by this new location. The ease of the office visit for people in pain could not be more convenient. Parking in the back, and just steps from the lobby.


Yelp should have a TEN star rating because
Dr. Chen and his fantastic staff deserve it!!!

San Mateo Spine Center is not just a medical office, it's a group of hard working dedicated professionals!

Dr. Chen's staff are the most amazing and caring group of medical professionals I have ever met. You can feel the quality of care and service instantly as soon as you walk in the door.

The office and patient rooms are spotless ! The attention to detail and keeping everything sterile and clean for their patients is positively notable.

I am a Mom of three teens, twin boy's (16) and a daughter (18) and I work full time . I am so grateful to Dr. Chen because he has brought me pain
relieve and healed me. I have suffered for years with numb hands and neck problems. Additionally, Dr.Chen always take the time to chat with me and ask about my  children.

Dr. Chen's  knowledge and experience is superb!There really is no other adjective to describe Dr. Chen accept to say he is the BEST.

His years or experience paired with his continuous commitment to quality care for his patients puts him in a class above all other doctors. As soon as you speak with him you know he is genuine and an expert.

My children and I are forever grateful to Dr. Chen for helping me feel better and always being there for us. You will not be disappointed after visiting the San Mateo Spine Center.

-Jeannete M.

“Dr. Chen is a fabulous doctor with very competent staff. He helps me remain mobile, manage my pain and sleep better. He is also promoting my body’s natural healing. Dr. Chen uses the best of Western and Eastern medicine to meet my specific needs. I have psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease.

Acupuncture and cupping as well as trigger point injections and periodic epidurals have allowed me to keep moving, manage my pain and keep inflammation down. The monthly Vitamin B12 shots help temper my severe fatigue.

PRP is helping to promote natural healing in my spine and neck. Despite my disease progression, the PRP steps the damage back. Thank goodness!! A real miracle. The reduced damage has helped reduce pain and regain some of my lost flexibility.

As my diseases progress, I am confident Dr. Chen will help me find ways to manage the pain, fatigue and inflammation, while minimizing further joint and soft tissue damage.” 

-Pamela Green

In 2015, Laura Dubois, a 92 year old grandmother, had difficulty getting out of bed. No chair in the house was comfortable. Taking evening walks was out of the question due to the constant pain in her lower back. Moreover, it was beginning to affect her positive outlook and sense of humor. Her life style was declining and the quality of life with family and friends was failing. Her family agreed that back surgery was not a viable option.

Her doctor, Richard Morgan, in Burlingame, California, recommended Dr. Yung Chen for an evaluation of her situation. Dr. Chen ordered the appropriate tests and decided that she was a strong candidate for PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy. She was happy to hear that Dr. Chen was experienced in this field. It reassured her that his treatment would work for her to get her back on her feet, happy, mobile, and traveling again without pain.

Within six weeks after Dr. Chen’s treatment, her symptoms vanished. She was able to walk without support. Her back pain had virtually disappeared. She returned to her old self; loving life, living with grace and energy. Subsequently, she began travelling again including a Mexican Riviera cruise and a trip to New Orleans. She’s now returned to working on her travel bucket list.

Two years later, Mrs. Dubois continues to be pain free and able to walk hundreds of yards without any problems. She’s enjoying family gatherings and taking up her hobbies again.

Thanks for Dr. Chen and his staff.

-Laura Dubois

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