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Dr. Chan Hwang

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Puyallup, WA
28 years experience male

Locations

Office

Puyallup, WA

Address

126 15th St SE, Puyallup, WA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

Regence Blue Shield of Washington

Premera Blue Cross

About

Bio

I went into my field because I recognized that lifestyle modification is how people can make an enduring difference in the state of their health. In my practice I try to help people replace medications with food, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. I enjoy helping people with all sorts of problems set goals, achieve them, and set higher goals. Nothing is more satisfying than getting someone who had a disability to overcome their challenges and get back to life, health, and the pursuit of happiness. I am Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I enjoy practicing all aspects of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, including electrodiagnostics. Because of the nature of my field and practice I do need a referral from your primary care physician in order to treat you. (:

Specialties
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Licenses

United States: Washington

Doctor Q&A

421 Answers
311 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Only 0.01% of people: on hydroxyzine report sleep paralysis, not more than placebo. However, nightmares are a significant side effect of hydroxyzine.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Proper nutrition: Valves are lined by cells which make up the endothelium. There is mounting evidence that a diet with large amounts of vegetables and fruits may help r... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
TMJ overuse pain: Your symptoms are consistent with temporomandibular joint pain, likely from temporomandibular joint disorder. Your doctor or dentist can help with dia... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
See your doctor.: First, ask your doctor. A repeat test may help. If truly elevated, the A/G ratio may be the result of underproduction of immunoglobulins (Igs), or les... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Hard to know: Sorry, but it is difficult to know what this is without examining or even seeing you. See your doctor for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Initially: Talk to your doctor. Studies do show that Seroquel (quetiapine) will more likely affect non-REM sleep initially (first four days), but after several w... Read More
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Medical Marijuana: Evidence favors edibles and standardized medications such as dronabinol for treatment of pain, but these are not generally as effective as opioid medi... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Yes.: Cauda equina syndrome can cause severe back pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, sciatica, weakness, and sexual dysfunction. Surgical decompression ca... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Bacterial vaginosis: You likely have bacterial vaginosis plus/minus urinary tract infection. See your health care provider for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Nonspecific results.: Your blood counts are overall not alarming and only a few of the tests were mildly abnormal. These may or may not be due to anything significant. See ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Likely...: If the hemangiomas are hormone-sensitive, that is, they arose due to the hormone changes during pregnancy, they will likely fade away in time, usually... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Chronic pain: Even after successful surgical cure, over 3% of people develop chronic pain. This has multiple causes, and you have to fight it with all you have. Hyd... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Blunt trauma: If you have undergone surgical repair of a ruptured duodenum, you need to wait until you are completely healed before playing soccer again. If you ret... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Activated charcoal.: You may still have traces of bacterial toxins in your system. A couple tablets of activated charcoal taken by mouth may help you clear out the toxins.... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Erectile dysfunction: If a man is experiencing erectile dysfunction, the most common cause is endothelial (blood vessel lining) damage. Healthy endothelial cells produce ni... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Usually two: There are rules imposed by Medicare and Medicaid. Usually these will be billed as two separate scans.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Possibly: You need to have your physician rule out other causes. If there are no other causes, your headaches are likely due to your lifestyle. Please take bett... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
May 14, 2015: If you are correct about implantation date (which is difficult to know for certain), and you have a viable pregnancy, then right now you are about 3 w... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Within expected...: range of experiences: you may find physical therapy for strengthening, ankle stabilization, and proprioceptive training useful to avoid recurrent ankl... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
See a dermatologist.: Sounds like lentigos; a dermatologist can provide specific diagnosis and treatment.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Possibly...: Do a home pregnancy test. If it is negative, retest or see your doctor for hCG level.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Change oils/shampoo.: You could have a mild allergy to certain oils or ingredients in the oil. Try a hypoallergenic product for your hair. There are shampoos that do not dr... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
See your doctor.: Muscles cramps may result from overuse, dehydration, mineral imbalance, muscle strain, buildup of toxins, a disorder involving the nerve to the muscle... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Scapular problem:: You likely are dealing with scapulothoracic dyskinesis. See your doctor for proper evaluation, treatment, and referral to a physical therapist. Go to ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Likely...: The phrenic nerve (which gives motor output to the diaphragm muscle--which controls breathing) gets significant contributions from C4. Talk to a neuro... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Depends on dose: Your body is able to repair damage caused by radiation to a certain degree. Radiation, toxic chemicals, and certain metabolic processes cause oxidativ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Severe depression: Your answers indicate that you have severe depression. Talk to a trusted adult and seek professional help. Please promise that you will not harm yours... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Ulnar neuropathy: Once you have discovered and addressed the cause of the nerve entrapment & depending upon severity and cause, it takes roughly one day per millime... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Talk to your doctor: There is no current treatment to cure autoimmune small fiber peripheral neuropathy, however, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy is often used a... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Smoking cessation: More people quit cold turkey than any other way. There are non-medication and medication methods to quit smoking. For a non-medication based, free tre... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Call 9-1-1: Your symptoms are suggestive of a serious medical condition requiring immediate medical attention. Do not delay in getting diagnosis and treatment.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
If you live like...: a pre-westernized aborigine. Examination of pre-westernized aborigines from PNG and other places to have very good teeth without ever having seen a de... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
You have to want to.: More people quit cold turkey than any other way. There are non-medication and medication methods to quit smoking. For a non-medication based, free tre... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
You need a Master's.: After getting a Bachelor's degree (typically four years) you need to get a Master's in Occupational Therapy. But that is not all: you need a a state l... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
If it is the same...: ...organism. It is possible that an organism causing one's diarrhea or vomiting could invade the bloodstream and seed the hip joint. More likely is th... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Sensitive disc: Your disc, for better or worse, is likely more sensitive than it used to be. Thus coughing, which vibrates your intervertebral disc, can result in pai... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Hamstring strain: It appears that you may have strained or possibly ruptured a hamstring muscle/tendon. It is probably time to have this diagnosed. See your family doct... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Professionalism: Doctors are trained to handle such eventualities in a professional way. Find one that you can communicate with comfortably and will take the time to l... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Doctor or pharmacist: In the UK you may see a doctor or pharmacist to obtain a prescription for promethazine.
A male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
3600+ amino acids: Dystrophin gene is the largest known gene found in nature measuring 2.4 million bases. The product of the transcription and translation of this gene i... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Sexual problems: Both psychological and biological factors can lead to premature ejaculation. Talk with your doctor if you ejaculate sooner than you wish during most s... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Not as effective yet: Transitions lenses (photogray, or photochromic) are not polarized. If you wear photogray prescription eyeglasses and you are light sensitive, the lens... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Amla may help: Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is the most important medicinal plant in Ayurveda. Studies show that amla (Emblica officinalis) and some of its phytochemi... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Not likely cardiac: Although these symptoms could be cardiac in nature, they are more likely neurological or musculoskeletal. See your doctor who can examine you and run ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
True: High doses of ascorbic acid (vitamin C 3000 mg daily for three days) can induce a period. Don't use this if pregnant! Hypervitaminosis C deprives the ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Delayed symptoms.: Sometimes symptoms do not begin until hours after an injury. You likely suffered contusions, sprains, and/or strains in your knee.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Depends on goals.: If you want to do body sculpting, yes, you still need to specifically train your gluteals, thigh, and leg muscles for strength. If you are exercising ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Pregnant?: Pregnancy is the most common cause for fluid in the uterus. If you're not pregnant, fluid in the uterus is not normal. See a gynecologist to rule... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Avoid supplements.: To build muscle eat more calories than you burn using healthy whole food sources like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans/nuts. You will be ge... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
Painful intercourse.: You and your husband may be able to minimize pain with a few changes to your sexual routine. Talk about what feels good and what does not. Longer fore... Read More

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Aug 24, 2014
Dr. Chan Hwang is an excellent physician, whose compassion and care is demonstrated by his thoughtful answers given to patients. His broad range of expertise in areas outside of physiatry is invaluabl...Read More
Aug 5, 2014
Dr. Hwang is providing an excellent service to the public via Healthtap. I endorse Dr. Hwang.
Aug 15, 2014
Dr. Hwang is compassionate and holistic. What a wonderful combination!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks, I'm in contact with my surgeon, I know something is compressing my nerves, hope CT myeolgram shows what it is. ADRs are working okay, will see
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I will be ringing my docters tom first thing because the pain is still bad and im taken painkillers and still is not easing the pain will let u no

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Completed 1998

Awards

Franciscan Health System Physician of the Month
Scholl Recognition Award for Rehabiliation Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust Residency

Affiliations

UBC
pacific rehabilitation centers
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