Douglas L. Constant, M.D.
Pain Management Specialist
Interventional Pain Management
Dr. Douglas Constant is a board certified pain management physician who specializes in interventional treatments of the neck and spine. He has a special interest in all forms of spinal injections, Vertiflex procedure for spinal stenosis, facet injections, spinal cord stimulation, vertebral compression and pelvic fractures, and headache management. Dr. Constant proudly obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Naval Academy. He received his Medical Degree from Tulane University and completed his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He then went on to complete his Pain Fellowship at Harvard University and is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.
Doctor of Medicine:
Tulane University School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham – Anesthesia Residency
Interventional Pain Management Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
The American Board of Anesthesiology – certificates in both Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology
U.S. Naval Academy
Patients’ Choice Award – Vitals.com
Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor in Orthopedic Surgery – 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
Expert Network Distinguished Doctor – 2016
Compassionate Doctor Recognition – Vitals.com
Clinical Teaching Physician for residency training program – Blake Medical center and Manatee Memorial Hospital
Clinical Researcher – Completed more than ten years of research ranging from preoperative pain management, neuromodulation techniques, to radiofrequency ablation for occipital neuralgia
Fellowship Excellence Award – American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Pain Medicine
Chief Resident – University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Pain from failed back surgery
- Nerve compression
- Tendonitis and Bursitis
- Rotator cuff injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Complex regional syndromes (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD)
- Disorders of the nervous system, including shingles
- Cancer pain
- Muscle and joint pain
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
- “Vertiflex” for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
From the moment the examination door opened, Dr. Constant was most cordial, smiling, taking time to go over the referral from Dr. Ottaviani. Being a retired Nurse Practitioner and having experienced the good, bad and indifferent physicians, I knew I was in the right place. Together we discussed and chose the treatment that would give positive results. If you are looking for a physician who is “Exceptional “…………you have found him! Thank You, Dr. Constant
Jan Darling, HealthGrades.com
Dr. Constant is extremely gifted in terms of his medical knowledge and skills, very attentive, compassionate and one of the most personable doctors I have found in any field of medicine. He brings a genuine smile and good nature into the appointment that immediately makes his patients comfortable. He truly listens to his patients, discusses their pain, problems, and concerns and then effectively communicates his recommendations in terms you can understand. I have been dealing with chronic lower back pain for over 20 years. Dr. Constant is, without a doubt, the BEST pain management doctor and one of the very best doctors, I have seen for any of my healthcare needs, anywhere in the country. I highly recommend Dr. Constant to family, friends, and anyone in need of expert pain management with a doctor you can trust. Dr. Constant is supported by medical and administrative staffs that are very professional, knowledgeable and personable. Their care and assistance is very much appreciated as well.
Scott B., Healthgrades.com
Dr. Constant has been a big help with my headaches. May he stay at Coastal as long as we all need him. Last summer at the surgery he helped my back. Thank you! Good doctor!
Ned C., Twitter.com
I would highly recommend, genuinely nice guy. Shared and explained x-ray, very thorough, didn’t feel rushed. Staff is also great.
Mary F., Healthgrades.com
I would refer my friends and family to Dr. Constant without hesitation. Well- trained, accessible, respectful, and great bedside manner. I have yet to have a single negative experience with him or his staff.
Dan G., Healthgrades.com
Excellent and caring doctors! Dr. Alan Valadie did a knee replacement, five years later my knee still feels new! Dr. Constant treats me for pain management. He is the kindest, most caring, and gentlest man one could possibly ask for. Coastal Rocks!
Sandy D., Facebook.com
Lumbar injection very good MD tells you what he’s doing and what to expect during the procedure. Hardly any pain or surprise when he’s doing the procedure. Always remembers his patients and their conditions. I do recommend Dr. Constant.
Dr.Douglas Constant is amazing!!! I had been in so much pain that the only way I could sit was either on heating pads or ice packs. Pain ran up and down my legs along with tingling. I was a mess. On New Year’s Eve morning at 7am Dr. Constant put a spacer in one of my vertebras- it took all of 30 minutes in the operating room. I was home before noon. I followed Dr. Constant’s directions with walking and physical therapy. I’m totally pain-free. No pain meds. He and his whole crew are amazing.
Gail P., BetterBusinessBureau.com
I recommend Dr. Constant to everyone I talk with that has back and leg pain. Dr. Constant treated me for a while with pain medication and then performed a WONDERFUL operation on my back. My pain is gone, I’m going to physical therapy to help stretch my muscles and all. I have NO pain. The operation took all of 30 minutes. For anyone who needs help in the area, I strongly recommend they make an appt with Dr.Constant. He’ll do the very best for you.
Gail P., Healthgrades.com
Dr. Doug is the man & his staff are the best!
Blair K., Google.com
Thorough discussion, intake info, examination, and review of my records, Dr. Constant recommended a plan of action to get to the root of my pain, rather than just treating based on my symptoms. As a result of three injections, I am delighted with the results. For the first time in over a year I am pain-free. Dr. Constant is very patient focused and uses his knowledge and skill to inform his plan of action. If I have further issues I won’t hesitate to go back to him.
It was nice to find a pain management doctor who was interested in treating the cause(s) of my pain and not just the symptoms. Thorough observation, discussion, and physical examination led to identifying the root of my problems, a diagnosis, and a plan of action. I am delighted to say that I am feeling better than I have for almost a year, and am relatively pain-free. Dr. Constant was interested in me as a patient and used his knowledge and skill to make a significant difference in my life.
Scott M., Google.com
Have had one back surgery many years ago…this past year I started to experience major back pain again. I’m quite active so this was really hard to be down for weeks at a time. Dr.Tim Roberts referred me to Dr. Doug…….my hero for back pain. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me be active again. The injections have worked and I feel great. If you experience back pain, HE is your man. The staff at the office and at the surgery center are quite efficient and helpful. I don’t ever rate or rank doctors, but this guy is work taking the time to compliment.
Working with Dr. Douglas Constant to resolve persistent pain in my low back and hip has been a life-changing experience. He is approachable, a good listener and an excellent diagnostician. After several sessions with the Physical Therapist he recommended and one set of injections by Dr. Constant, my pain is 90 percent gone. I wish I had known to see a pain specialist sooner. Frankly, I thought my only option would be surgery, which I had already had for my arthritic hip, and it was Dr. Cashen, a hip surgeon at Coastal Orthopedics, who referred me to Dr. Constant. If you have back or hip pain and need relief, I hope you will see Dr. Constant.
Leslie S., Google
I have been a patient of MD Constant for a few years now. MD Constant has helped me walk and function again with very little to no leg pain caused by my spinal stenosis. Thank you MD Constant.
I knew little about pain management when I was referred to Dr. constant by his colleague who is an orthopedic hip surgeon. The pain in my sacroiliac joint, low back and leg was keeping me from walking more than 1/2 mile and I was beginning to limp as I had done prior to a hip replacement. After one consult with Dr. Constant, a set of injections in his office and a few adjustments by a physical therapist he recommended, I am nearly 100 percent pain free. I recommend Dr. Constant highly.
My problem started in 2015. I was misdiagnosed by one doctor as needing a hip replacement. After a second opinion it was determined my issue was back related. Over several months I tried chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and physical therapy. I had little or no relief. Lucky for me, I found Dr. Constant. I have a bulging disk that presses on the sciatic nerve. Through his care and treatment, I am happy to say I am 90% better and starting to do activities I couldn’t do before. Dr. Constant is not only knowledgeable and compassionate, but easy to talk to as well. He communicates clearly and does not rush through appointments. I have great comfort in knowing Dr. Constant and his staff are on my team and that one day I will be 100% pain free!
I went to see Dr. Constant for lower back pain related to a bulging disc and early arthritis around my facet joint. I tried PT, massage, and chiropractic care for 6 months but did not get any pain relief. The pain was disrupting my sleep and daily activities. Dr. Constant provided a thoughtful and intelligent approach to treating my condition. After receiving a lumbar medial branch block, I’m thrilled to report that my pain has disappeared, and I’m feeling ‘back’ to my old self! I am very grateful for the quick and disciplined approach to finding a solution to my pain.
I was referred to Dr. Constant after having seen two other pain management doctors, one of whom told me after treating me for some time, that there was nothing more he could do for me, the other could not alleviate the situation. Dr. Constant is kind, caring and most of all has been able to resolve my problem. I am very grateful to him
Dr. Constant is a very knowledgeable and caring person. He answers your questions in a way that you can easily understand, and does not talk down to you. If you have a problem, he goes out of his way to find a solution. I needed a new doctor up North and Dr. Constant researched and found one that could handle my needs. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has problems with their backs. He is a TERRIFIC person and doctor!
Love Dr Constant. Took my 85 year old mother to see him after 3 doctors said there was nothing they could do for her. He was so great with her and we all completely understood what he thought he could do for her…and her pain is much relieved. I just wanted her to be relatively pain free in her final years.
Carol L., Vitals.com
Fast, great friendly, happy staff. Dr. Constant and his crew are the best.
I am so pleased that Dr. Douglas Constant is my physician. He not only is attentive and responsive to my pain and it’s management but more importantly, Dr. Constant listens to my concerns. Only then does he discuss and map out potential treatment plans and procedures which are fully explained and understandable. His pain management plans always consider my needs and my comfort first with forthright honesty and the utmost integrity. I trust Dr. Constant with all aspects of the care he suggests and provides. He is a skilled, knowledgeable, proficient, well trained and safe physician. I am most fortunate to be cared for by the most competent, caring and exemplary physician. Thank you, Dr. Douglas Constant !
Eileen K., Vitals.com
Always armed with a smile and words of encouragement. He listens and finds a solution. If he doesn’t know the answer, or can treat the problem, he is connected with a world class network to help solve my problems. He’s simply the best! THANK YOU!
I have been a patient of Dr. Constant for 3 years now, soon to be 4. My headaches had gotten to be unbearable. With his expertise knowledge and experience with shots to my head and neck he has reduced my headaches to where I can go 6 to 8 months without one. He has a wonderful attitude with me and also, my wife comes with me, he always includes her in our conversations, I rate him as one of the best Dr.s I have ever had in my life time.
Ned C., Healthgrades.com
Dr. Constant is a kind and compassionate Doctor who works hard to get to the root of your pain. His treatment modalities allowed me to get off an injectable pain medication. Dr Constant’s treatments allow me to have pain management at a greater level than with any other Doctor I have seen. I am an R.N. and I have worked with many doctors but Dr Constant is top notch in my book.
Deb B., Healthgrades.com
My story is a sad one with a happy ending, thanks to my wonderful doctors – especially Dr. Constant. I was diagnosed with cancer, had my treatments of radiation and chemotherapy. I was then cancer free, happy to start my active life again. When due to the radiation, I developed a fracture in the left hip and underwent surgery. Then a fracture in the right hip and underwent another surgery. Next, I had a fracture in the lower spine and pubic area. The most positive part of the experience was meeting Dr. Constant. He has to be the most kind and caring doctor with as much knowledge to share – helping me through a long process of healing. He always has a smile and a hug with his positive encouragement. Now I am back on the golf course and very happy. Thank you Dr. Constant!
Carolyn H., Sarasota
Dr. Constant is a wonderful and caring pain management doctor. I had an extensive 7 year history of daily headaches and migraines with neck and shoulder pain and stiffness. My records of treatment from different neurologists in 3 cities filled 75 pages. Before my first visit, he had read all 75 pages twice so he was extremely familiar with my problems and treatment history. He was able to provide a more comprehensive diagnosis than I had previously received (even after being seen at a university research center). Dr. Constant came up with a complex treatment plan which includes several different modalities. He has been able to keep my pain at a tolerable level with these treatments – an outcome which I had no longer believed was possible before I became his patient. I cannot praise Dr. Constant’s clinical knowledge, skill, and expertise enough. He is also unfailingly kind and caring, and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a doctor to deal with chronic, complex pain problems.
Dorothy L., Sarasota
Several years ago, I had a bad accident on a tennis court. I did not realize that I injured my lower back as I broke my wrist in 2 places. As time went by, I began to have problems sitting with pain in my right leg. My primary physician referred me to Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management to see Dr. Constant. I cannot express the compassion and help I found in this doctor. I would highly recommend Dr. Constant.
Carolyn H., Palmetto
Dr. Constant is able to combine an experienced and highly professional approach to my pain medicine needs with a ready smile and helpful words of encouragement – key ingredients, as far as I am concerned, to ensuring the best possible outcome for the treatment he recommends for me. That’s why Dr. Constant is my “go-to” medical practitioner when I need help and support with my pain issues.
Hannelore M., Longboat Key
Dr. Douglas L. Constant is amazing! I am a nurse, wife and mom of two small children. I fell ill 2 years ago and over 6 doctors could not diagnose my condition. I was left hopeless. I reached out to more physicians and Dr. Constant’s name kept being mentioned, no matter where I went. I made the appointment and I never looked back. Two years later, I am an active mother, friend and wife. With Dr. Constant being the most compassionate doctor of the year, he listened and was able to uncover my medical condition when no one else could. I may not be cured, but with Dr. Constant’s help I have learned to manage my condition to live a life I truly thought was over. P.S. I drive over an hour to see Dr. Constant. If I had to, I would drive 5.
Eleni R., St. Pete
My treatment and subsequent care has been exceptional. Dr. Constant listened intently to the issues I was having, diagnosed the cause and treated me successfully in a timely manner. As a result, my treatment plan resulted in a complete recovery and has allowed me to resume all activities. I cannot thank him enough.
Jo Ellen G., University Park
In my search for a pain management doctor to treat my lower back and leg pain, I feel I have found the best of the best. Dr. Constant’s qualifications, education and expertise in his field are top notch. His knowledge of the newest procedures and his genuinely caring manner gives one the feeling of being his most important patient. I could not ask for better care.
Marilyn D., Bradenton
Dr. Constant is a doctor with a heart. He not only has great expertise, he demonstrated great compassion for the pain I was experiencing. He questioned, listened, analyzed, and diagnosed. He sought to find the root of the pain. He was always optimistic, hopeful and encouraging. Through his great care, I went from having difficulty walking to the kitchen table to walking four miles at a time.
Paul J., Sun City Center
Dr. Constant is very caring and really listens to you. He shows compassion to your situation and answers all your questions and concerns. All the staff I have been in contact with and his nurse at Coastal Orthopedics are simply the best which seems to be getting rarer in this area. Thanks.
Susan J., Sarasota
Having been in the field of medicine myself for many years, I have had the opportunity to experience the good and bad in our profession. When my turn came to need assistance in managing debilitating hip and back pain, I relied on the counsel of those specialists I had come to trust. Dr. Constant was their clear favorite. I learned right from my first visit why. He exemplifies intelligence, concern, empathy, and confidence. He took the time to educate and reassure. I feel young again. Thanks.
Robert W., HealthGrades.com
Dr. Constant has every time I have seen him gone beyond my expectations. Whether it be at the office visit or in the procedure room. If YOU are in pain make an appointment with Dr. Douglas Constant.
Robert H., HealthGrades.com
Dr. Constant is a one of a kind doctor!! I am not sure many like him exist. He will listen, he reached out to a few colleagues for final confirmation of what was actually wrong and a treatment plan I was ok with. Now I previously had been to many including the Mayo Clinic without hope. I am happily living my life and managing my condition. Seriously, this doctor is not driven by the dollar and all he wants is help you get better. I still can’t believe and mad I didn’t find him sooner.
He is very very caring & kind. Wants so much to be able to help you.
Amazing! Great bed side manner. Finally someone figured out what was wrong with me. We planned a conservative approach first to see if that works. Everyone else wanted to do a very risky surgery – thank you for treating me like a real human being Dr. Constant!
Absolutely one of the best doctors my husband or I have ever encountered. He’s compassionate and extremely knowledgeable and really cares. He has given me my life back now that my back pain and leg pain have been addressed. He’s AWESOME!
Dr. Constant is one of the best doctors I have ever encountered in my life. He is genuine, kind, caring, and committed to his patients. He has improved my life immeasurably and found an answer to my headaches that recognized specialists across the country couldn’t help me with. He is a gem for our community and we’re lucky to have him.
Dr. Constant is a wonderful and extremely knowledgeable doctor. He was able to answer all of my questions and made me feel quite comfortable.
Dr. Constant is a warm, caring, and extremely knowledgeable pain management doctor. Technically he is excellent and he is one of the best doctors I have ever encountered. He is a problem solver who takes time to explain my condition to me and my family. If he doesn’t know the answer to a question, he finds a solution by calling the appropriate specialist and connects the patient directly to that specialist. He is unique in the modern world of medicine when patients are treated often impersonally.
Always armed with a smile and words of encouragement. He listens and finds a solution. If he doesn’t know the answer, or can’t treat the problem, he is connected with a world class network to help solve my problems. He’s simply the best! THANK YOU!