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Dr. Craig Morton

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lake Charles, LA
19 years experience male

Locations

Center for Orthopedics

Lake Charles, LA

Address

1747 Imperial Blvd., Lake Charles, LA
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

CIGNA Open Access

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Aetna Life Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Lake Charles, LA

About

Bio

Craig Morton M.D. FAAPMR is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine. He graduated magna cum laude from McNeese State University where he majored in pre-med. He completed medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama-Brimingham serving as chief resident his 4th year. Dr. Morton is a founding partner of Center for Orthopedics. The group has grown to 12 physicians and is now the largest independent orthopedic group in SW Louisiana with over 60,000 patient visits annually. Dr. Morton is a regional expert in interventional spine care and non-surgical orthopedics. He is the co-founder of RehabZone, an innovative home exercise program for core and back strength. www.TheRehabZone.com

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Licenses

United States: Alabama, Louisiana

Doctor Q&A

735 Answers
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Movement disorder: Dystonia is a movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Dystonia can be ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Stretch: There are many causes of low back pain and hip pain. Often they are related. Usually acute back or hip pain will improve over 1-2 weeks with anti-in... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
No: Physiatrists are physicians that go to medical school for 4 years and residency for 4 years just like any other physician. A physiatrist or specialist... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Maybe: Lyrica (pregabalin) is an anti-siezure medication indicated for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It may also be beneficial for other forms of neuropat... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
No: There is currently no "cure" for si joint dysfunction. This condition is usually best treated with aggressive physical therapy to stabilize the pelvi... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Lumbar support: Back pain at the desk is usually the result of poor sitting posture. Using a good lumbar support will cause your pelvis to shift forward reducing the... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Change positions: You might want to experiment with changing the position that you sleep in. You may also want to experiment with different pillows. Pain from sleeping... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Stretch: There are many causes of low back pain. Usually acute back or hip pain will improve over 1-2 weeks with anti-inflammatories, gentle streching, and use... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Pain treatment: Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc. Protruding discs are very common, yet in some circumstances these "protruding d... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
4 hours: Mobic (meloxicam) is an nsaid. Depending on the NSAID and the condition intended to treat some nsaids may work within a few hours while others may ta... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
To prevent pain: Physical therapy is used to help restore normal function and decrease pain associated with neck and back pain. This may include stretching, strengthe... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Several: There are many medications and therapy programs for neck and back pain. Medication may include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and pain medicat... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
No: Cervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). This is develops over ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Yes: The perception of pain or discomfort after amputation is called phantom pain. This can be felt at an absent limb or a portion of the limb. It has been... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: A physiatrist or specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of nerve, muscle, and bone disorders wi... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Electromyography: This test will help provide your physician isolate which nerve is irritated and to what degree the severity is. There are many nerves that can be "pi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
No: Bursitis is usually the result of overuse, injury, or improper mechanics. You can usually improve bursitis with a short course of medication, physica... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See doctor: All of these are different problems with different treatments. In some cases they can be linked together. I would recommend seeing your md to help l... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Try wrapping a small towel around your elbow and taping it down while you sleep. This will allow your arm to stay straight and prevent it from bendin... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Sciatica refers to an irritated nerve in the spine or pelvis that causes pain down the leg and is typically not related to herpes.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Sounds like you have coccydynia or 'tailbone pain'. This can occur with trauma to the tail bone, abnormally positioned coccyx, or poor sitting postur... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Depends: Often your physician will see you back after the injection to evaluate your pain level before deciding if it's the right time to start therapy.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: You may have strained a muscle or ligament supporting your spine. It's also possible that you injured your disc. Usually pain will improve over 1-... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
No: More surgery likely not the answer. See a physician who specializes in CRPS. The best treatment is usually a combination of medication, therapy, biof... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Stretch: There are many causes of low back pain. Usually acute back or hip pain will improve over 1-2 weeks with anti-inflammatories, gentle streching, and use... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Depends on why your neck is stiff. If you recall an injury it's best to take it easy for a week or so before resuming a workout. You may want to try... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Many options: There are many causes of hip pain. Pain can be in the front, side, or back of the hip. A few of the more common causes are arthritis, bursitis, and ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Give it time: Low back pain usually improves within 1-2 weeks, but it depends on the circumstances. If your pain has persisted for greater than 1-2 weeks despite c... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Yes: It is possible to strain your abdominal muscles.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: In dystonia, your muscles contract involuntarily — causing uncontrollable repetitive or twisting movements of the affected body part. There are severa... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Numbness in the thumb, index, and middle finger are classic signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. If this does not improve within 1-2 weeks, see your phys... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Stay active: The worst thing you could do is lay around. Try to stay active and stretch your hamstrings. Applying gentle heat can relieve muscle spasm. Over the ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Sometimes: Ulnar nerve entrapment typically occurs at the elbow, but can also occur at the wrist. A short course of anti-inflammatories, bracing, and activity mo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: The tailbone or "coccyx" is the small trail of bones that connect to the end of your sacrum, and form the end of your spine. The achilles tendon conn... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: There are many potential causes of acute low back pain. The most common causes are related to strain or injury to the mucles and/or structures of the ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to neck pain as well as headaches, chest, and/or ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Sharp neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. The pain can refer to th... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Try planks: Planks are an exercise move that can strengthen the core while maintaining a neutral spine. You can perform this by getting into a push up position a... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Sometimes pain that radiates down the leg could be from an irritated lumbar nerve root. This is called sciatica or radiculopathy and the irritation ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Chronic neck pain is often related to abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). This develops over time and is often ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
No: Standing can be a good way to keep the core strong and burn calories throughout the day. Be sure to take occasional breaks. Actually, studies have sh... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Sounds like you're only seeing a chiropractor for this. These could be two separate problems. I would recommend seeing an orthopedist or physical me... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Several options: Hand pain can come from an irritated nerve in your neck, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. You could also have inflammation in the tendons or joints of the ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Without a history of trauma, neck pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, joint arthritis, or an irritated nerve in the neck. See... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: Do you recall hurting this area? It could be a bruise or muscle spasm. See your physician to get an accurate diagnosis
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
See below: A tremor that occurs when a voluntary movement is made. An example would be a tremor that starts when reaching for a light switch.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options includ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Yes/No: Without a history of trauma, neck and shoulder pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. Try pl... Read More
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Jan 21, 2016
I appreciated your help answering my question! Thank you!
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Jun 5, 2015
Dr. Morton has administered two injections as treatment for bulging discs in my neck with very positive results. I have complete faith in his abilities. #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate your input on lower back pain. I have just recently been diagnosed with deteriorating discs and scoliosis at 62. The pain is beginning to get debilitating. ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! These exercises are really the answer to a much better feeling body! Now if I could get started I would be a better feeling person thanks
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I am actually seeing multiple doctors. A PT did the adjustment and its been all bad since. I am hoping to get it fixed! Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL

Awards

Selected for recognition in the "Guide to America's Top Physicians"
2015 Patient Choice Award- Vitals.com
Top Doctor, First Place, Lake Charles, LA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Imperial Calcasieu Medical Grp
Christus St Patrick Hospital
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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