Dr. Chan Hwang

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Puyallup, WA
29 years experience male

Locations

Office

Puyallup, WA

Address

126 15th St SE, Puyallup, WA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 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
310 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Food contamination: can result from washing even "organic" produce with water contaminated by animal manure or by other contact with animals. Another source is when a foo... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Symptoms suggest...: You need to be seen by your primary care physician for thorough evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. If a referral is needed, then your PCP can provid... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Multiple approaches.: Fibromyalgia often responds to a multi-pronged treatment combining cognitive behavioral therapy, aerobic exercise, good nutrition, adequate sleep, and... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Many symptoms:: Memory problems, anxiety, depression, visual changes, irritability, cravings, delusions, hallucinations, and loss of balance and control. Do not wait ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Microbiota, or: intestinal bacteria, need to eat. Evidence indicates that beneficial bacteria, which help you feel good and function well, prefer nutrients called pre... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
No.: If you have unprotected sexual intercourse, he will very likely eventually impregnate you.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Pre-ejaculate potent: There is a good chance that you may be pregnant. The only way to know now is to get a test. Seek medical help and get tested for STDs. Confide in a tr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Glasgow Coma Scale.: The glasgow coma scale is the most widely used measure of a patient's mental status. Other scales are also used.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Probably: Unless there is a specific reason not to get a massage, it should be fine for you to get one. Enjoy!
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Could be many things: ....See your doctor for a thorough evaluation.
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A female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Spleen: From your description I am not sure what you may be experiencing. The area you indicate is that of the spleen. The descending colon also starts from t... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Several: Fitness is not only nutrition and exercise. The whole person is a biopsychosociospiritual being so whole person care involves right eating, drinking, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Variable: It depends on what nerve, the extent and duration of the injury, and the degree of decompression achieved. If surgery was needed, then the presence of... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Yes...: Muscular dystrophy (md) is a group of inherited muscle diseases. Most patients with md are boys, but some forms affect girls also. For instance fascio... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Temporary edema: During a workout the load on your muscles exceeds what they've been used to managing. This leads to microscopic tears in muscle fibers, which then nee... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Many possibilities.: There are many potential causes for low back pain. Common are: disk changes, smoking, sprains of ligaments, muscular strains and spasms, vitamin defic... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Partial tears?: If your rotator cuff tendons are only partially torn, you can isometrically strengthen the cuff muscles with the aid of a physical therapist. The phys... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
No.: Urine drug testing using modern gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy for confirmatory chemical analysis will not mistake tizanidine (zanaflex) for... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
What caused the fall: ...? There are many reasons for falling: decreased balance, poor vision, loss of coordination, etc. Ask your doctor to investigate why you fell. If it... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Joint effusions: You are likely experiencing joint effusions, a common problem in people suffering from arthritis.
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A male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Slightly high...: Your alanine transaminase (alt) was slightly high at 80. It should be less than 60. It is a sensitive but not a specific test of liver function. Talk ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Lifestyle : After 18 years practicing medicine, I have come to the conclusion that if there is to be a cure for spinal pain, it will be in enduring lifestyle choi... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Caution advised: In the years I have been practicing I have yet to see anyone with significant lasting improvement after radio frequency ablation which is used to caut... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Lifestyle: Proper nutrition (get a book called foods that fight pain by neal barnard, md), moderate exercise outdoors in the sun (vitamin d), proper hydration, a... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Various: There are various types depending upon the level of amputation. They range from toe fillers for digital amputations to prostheses for hip disarticulat... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Progressive weakness: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, als, or lou gehrig's disease is characterized by progressive weakness, muscle wasting, involuntary twitching (usually o... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Possibly related...: Although the numbness and tingling may be related to migraines, she could be experiencing something else. Have her see a neurologist without delay.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Drowsiness,....: Dizziness, irritability, nervousness, headache, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice and, if you are allergic, a rash.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Many.: First, massage increases circulation, allowing therapeutic blood and lymph flow to occur. It relaxes injured and tense muscles. It reduces spasms and ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Fasciculations...: Are twitches which can occur in any skeletal muscle in the body. They are usually benign. However, there are several pathological conditions associate... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Postlaminectomy pain: This presence of ongoing pain after what should have been curative surgery is not uncommon. The key is proper diagnosis. Sometimes there is no further... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Plant-based protein: To build muscle eat more calories than you burn using healthy whole food sources like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. You will be getting... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Fasciculations...: Are usually harmless twitches which can occur in any skeletal muscle in the body. There are several pathological conditions associated with these spas... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Good diagnosis.: A good diagnosis leads to a good treatment plan and good results. See a first-rate electrodiagnostician for an accurate diagnosis.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Ignore: Getting rehabilitation is crucial, and neuroplastic repair depends upon it. Insist on getting it.
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Aggravated foot...: You may have aggravated your arthritic foot. You may need relative rest, ice packs, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory measures. If it doe... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
You have crepitus: It sounds like you have crepitus, and from what you write, it may be that the undersurface of your kneecap (patella) is rubbing on the front of your t... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Not likely: In pharmacologic doses your liver should be able to handle it. It is extremely rare to develop liver toxicity at the usually prescribed doses of Adder... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Gas: When belching is related to food, it is usually from drinking carbonated beverages, eating gassy foods, eating too quickly, drinking through a straw, ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Probably developing:: Lactose, or milk intolerance--a common condition especially as one becomes an adult. Fortunately there are many treatment options, including enzymes, ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
No harm done: The actual shelf life of Pepto-Bismol is a lot greater than what is indicated by the expiration date. Old Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) may los... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Need more info...: If you are menopausal, anything under 4 mm is considered normal. If you are having menstrual cycles, then the endometrial stripe varies depending on w... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Normal.: You're describing a normal vagina. Take care of your self, and be healthy.
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A female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
See a physiatrist,: a specialist in non-operative musculoskeletal problems. You have a problem that most people will experience at some time in their lives. With proper a... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Possibly discogenic.: Sorry you are suffering from this...Your symptoms sound as if they may be from your disc protrusion at L5-S1. There are other possibilities. If your p... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Use it or lose it: There are three principles of how brain cells, or neurons, work: 1) What gets fired gets wired. When you practice thinking or doing something, neurons... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Not likely stroke: More common causes of your symptoms are a spinal problem, local trauma, and repetitive use disorder. Stroke symptoms would usually also involve facial... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Yes: Consuming more than your body needs (especially on a low carbohydrate diet) can harm the body in many ways: 1) Your body can develop a buildup of toxi... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Ulnar nerve injury.: You likely injured your ulnar nerve. If you do not have improvement in your symptoms, see your doctor. The doctor can order tests to see if there is a... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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 really appreciate your time! I was too late to enroll in obamacare so I really appreciate that you would take the time to provide me with comfort!
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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
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