Dr. Douglas Chang

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
San Diego, CA
23 years experience

Locations

Office

San Diego, CA

Address

200 W Arbor Dr, mail code 8894, San Diego, CA
Directions

University of California, San DIego

San Diego, CA

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Specialties
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

202 Answers
11 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Options: Tai chi, yoga, pool therapies.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: Also to the top of the foot or sole of the foot.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Options: Work on posture/ergonomic education, massage, joint mobilization, deep cervical flexor strengthening, shoulder rehab.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Hope this helps: http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/lower-back-pain/appointment-physiatrist-what-expect http://www.aapmr.org/patients/aboutpmr/Pages/WhyARehabPhys... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: But in general a medical workup should be performed by a licensed physician prior to chiropractic treatment.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Try this!: Definitely use pain as your guide, but here are some suggestions: here's some short video advice: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=20zybmbnvou ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Difficult to answer: Depends: more/different medicine, cortisone injections, more/different exercise, consider surgical intervention.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Open: Surgical inteventions such as "decompression" for nonspecific low back pain have about a 60% chance of success. Other allied health professionals who ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Controversial and $: Some scattered reports it works, but most insurance companies won't pay for it b/c of no consistently proven benefit. Also the treatment can hurt like... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
6-12 mos: Although many sources suggest a full recovery to sports in 6 mos, it may be 6-12 months before you can return to full physical activities. Timing depe... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
No : But sometimes low back problems involving the upper lumbar spine can refer pain to the groin area (and be mistaken for a hernia)...
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Nerve traction: Anything that tugs/pulls the irritated sciatic nerve, or makes a bulging lumbar spine disk bulge out more on to the nerve roots.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: It's all connected in a kinetic chain.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
12-24 mos: Infants show an extensor response. After 12-24 mos of age, the "Babinski" reflex normally disappears.
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: you have an arthritic knee. It's comparable to the brake pads in your car wearing down, requiring a swap out. Here are a couple of resources: http:/... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Unknown: such findings fall into the category of nonspecific wear and tear that we see in most spines, at a similar frequency in those with and without pain. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
OT consult!: I suggest your doctors order a full home health consultation with Occupational Therapy and probably Physical Therapy and a wound nurse! Stat! You hav... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Core Decompr. "CD": Cd can be done as an inpatient procedure with a short hospitalization, but there is a recent trend toward doing it on an outpatient basis. Patients ar... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: They are different medications with different mechanisms, so you won't be "overdosing" on one kind/class of medicine.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Some: A few things... It could show evidence for example of: blood vessel "balls" a tumor effects from a stroke or whiplash multiple sclerosis plaques... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Not really: If symptomatic it might cause a band of burning/squeezing sensation about 2" below the left nipple (no where else) around to the back.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: But they don't last long, so the injection is mostly for diagnostic (and not therapeutic purposes).
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
talk to your doc: Ask if you'd be a candidate for radiofrequency ablation. http://www.eorthopod.com/content/radiofrequency-ablation.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Brakes are released: The quick answer: the brain/spinal cord send electrical fibers to control the muscles. When the fibers are severed, the muscles "do their own thing", ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
ABSOLUTELY YES!: But you have to be a little careful about the exercise intensities... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc3221192/.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
sure: I can't see any contra-indication at all!
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Nice!: This is great! good job. You could add a little mat exercise for strength work and stretching each week too.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Probably: Especially if the MRI included a "diffusion-weighted imaging" sequence (which may or may not be performed in a standard MRI brain study.) http://em... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
no supplements: Just hard work: matwork - pushups, free weights (butterflies/military press/bench press).
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Not sure: Little downside except time and money, probably little upside.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Balance work: Do less walking/running/elliptical/stairs/cycling/flutter kicks. Do more side-to-side work, side walking in the pool, hip abduction strengthening, bal... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
nothing reliable: You should see a urologist and/or plastic surgeon. There are some anatomical medical issues that could be the hangup.
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A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Sort of: It's not like an infection - but there's a definite family tendency, due to genes, diet, lifestyle.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: Most metal implanted after the 1980s is MRI compatible.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Well...: Obviously you have to weigh the risks/benefits/alternatives, and that is a very individual decision. In any case, here is a great article, i hope y... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
All kinds: Family med/emergency/pediatrics/orthopedics/physical medicine and rehab.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
?: I'm not surprised given the thc distributes in our fat and leaches out like garlic.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
No: No not at all (if it's true trigger finger). However you should make sure there is no scar tissue adhesions in the carpal tunnel that may be "tugging"... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Should be: Just be mindful of technique and building up weights slowly over time.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Should be ok: Benadry is an anti-allergy (anti-histamine) and Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is essentially a serotonin anti-depressant med. But you might feel a li... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Depends: http://www.steadyhealth.com/numbness_tingling_during_sex_t149970.html.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
All of them: the spine is involved in all motion
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
2 grams: barring liver conditions, one generally can take up to 2000 mg tylenol (acetaminophen) per day. http://www.tylenol (acetaminophen).com/safety-dosing/... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Hope this helps: http://www.livestrong.com/article/557668-no-more-neck-pain/.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Absolutely yes: there are very defined protocols for radiologic examinations of scoliosis, otherwise it is easy for artefact to be present. http://www.acr.org/~/medi... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: The nerves connect the brain to the arms and the legs. Any interruption 'upstream' ie in the neck or back can affect things 'downstream' ie in the arm... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Gotten checked?: Hopefully you've seen the doctor about this - it isn't normal. I wonder if you have an abscess related to the surgery?
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Yes: Speaking crudely, the old degenerate arthritic joint gets chopped off and thrown away to be replaced by a bionic knee.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Hmm..: Call your doc! there are a few complications (adjacent segment degeneration, psoas hematoma) that could explain this even though its probably just a h... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
A guess: I'm guessing but probably you're suffering from hip bursitis. Take a look at this: http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00409.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chang is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chang is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I had no idea I could take that much within a day. I'll avoid the boun
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This was so great to have, I have shared with my aunt as well. Thank U
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for the details and comment vs. chiropractic therapy.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2000MD

Awards

Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, First Place, California - Summer
2013
Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, First Place, California - Summer
2014
Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, Second Place, California - Fall
2014
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