Friday, October 28
Get To Know JOI – Dr. Doward
1. What are the most common injuries that you see? A large part of my practice involves taking care of patients with spine injuries from sport injuries, motor vehicle accidents, falls, as well as assaults. This ranges from mild ligament and muscle strains to more severe injuries such as disk herniations with radicular symptoms or compression fractures. My role as a interventional physiatrist is to maximize your nonsurgical options. That means I can treat and manage your neck, back and associated arm and leg pain with minimally invasive techniques which can get you pain free quickly and restore proper function. I also treat many ailments affecting your shoulder, hip and knees, such as osteoarthritis non-surgically.
2. How do you like to spend your spare time? As a former regionally ranked tennis player, I still enjoy competitive tennis. I play in local tennis tournaments and even made it to the sectionals with my team last year. I typically participate in activities which improve my conditioning and keep me balanced, such as yoga, paddle boarding, meditation and cycling. I spend a fair amount of time walking the beach but also enjoy adrenaline activities such as mountain biking and snowboarding. I have a passion for travel and enjoy exploring different cultures. Every year I volunteer my time and participate in a medical mission trip which helps those with limited access to medical care.
3. What is the most satisfying thing about your work? I genuinely enjoy helping people. In my practice I see a large number of people who are in severe pain. This ranges from young athletes (both amateur and professional), to weekend warriors, to the elderly. With interventional techniques in my arsenal, I am able to quickly relieve their pain and help them return back to their normal activities. I think it is important to give back to the community and I enjoy helping out at local organizations such as the Malavai Washington Kids Foundation which focuses on developing the academic skills of our inner city youths. I find this type of work extremely gratifying.