Posts in Sports Medicine
David Schechter, MD, PPDA


Dr. David Schechter, who specializes in mindbody medicine,  practices the psychophysiological approach to pain, based off Dr. John Sarno’s work, at his private practice in Southern California. (There is a website dedicated to the psychophysiological approach, on which Schechter and similar doctors are featured.) He picks up where John Sarno, MD, leaves off.

Stanley A. Herring, MD


Dr. Stanley A. Herring is a clinical professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery. Though he specializes in sports-medicine (working on a team of physicians for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners), his expertise is also in non-operative musculoskeletal medicine and disorders of the spine.

OHSU Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Clinic


The Oregon Health & Science University in Beaverton, OR (essentially Portland) developed this Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Clinic at Cornell West to address sports medicine, spine care, joint care (along with knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, and hand care), pediatric care, X-ray and imaging, and physical therapy and rehabilitation. The clinic has thirteen primary providers, each with their specialty, but almost all have rehabilitation as an area of expertise.

Whitfield Reaves, Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine


Whitfield Reaves, one of the bigshots in sports medicine and acupuncture, developed Acupuncture Sports Medicine in Boulder, CO, which integrates orthopedics and acupuncture into a thorough treatment program for athletes suffering from sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions.

You can also read an article by Reaves titled “Low Back Pain: The Quadratus Lumborum Muscle.”

Chad Bong, Philadelphia Sports Acupuncture


Chad Bong’s Philadelphia Sports Acupuncture institution uses a combination of massage therapy, acupuncture, targeted muscle strengthening, and stretching to treat athletes for injuries and simply to maximize their movement and activity on whatever field they play. He’s Whitfield Reaves’ right-hand man in the teaching of sports medicine acupuncture (see entry on Whit Reaves for more acupuncture resources).

Finding a Personal Trainer

Finding a highly qualified, back pain-focused personal trainer or exercise specialist is no simple task. Anyone can call himself or herself a personal trainer. To find the person you need, the American College of Sports Medicine is an excellent resource.


The NSCA is the National Strength and Conditioning Association, based in Colorado Springs, CO, which – probably not a coincidence – is also the location of the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Several people who definitely know told me that NSCA turns out the most qualified personal trainers, most of who have degrees in exercise science. If you look for a trainer with an NSCA-CPT (certified personal trainer) certification, you’re off to a good start. Here are some things you should look for in a trainer. And here is a not-too-great index of NSCA trainers. (You can search by state, but when you do, the results are not alphabetical.)