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SAVE THE DATE for the 26th Annual Howard A. Rusk Lectureship, October 23, 2015

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Worsowicz Named President-Elect of Physical Medicine Society

Gregory Worsowicz, MD, MBA, HealthSouth Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and medical director of the Howard A. Rusk Rehabilitation Center, has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As president-elect, Worsowicz will assume a leadership role within the society’s board of governors, which also includes the president, past president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, members-at-large and strategic coordinating committee chairs. The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a national medical society representing more than 8,000 specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Worsowicz joined the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care in 2002. He earned a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville and completed residency training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

New PM&R Chief Residents Announced

Welcome to our new chief residents for PM&R in the upcoming academic year.  Dr. Megan Clark, chief, primary administrative duties, and Dr. Brian Toedebusch, chief, primary research duties.

Samantha Voney Receives Most Creative Fundraiser Award

Sam Voney United Way AwardCongratulations go out to Samantha Voney, Department of PM&R's United Way representative, who is a recent recipient of the first-ever MU/UM United Way Campaign Awards for her exceptional service as a United Way representative. Samantha won the category of Most Creative Fundraiser. Her Turkey Shoot and Mizzou Homecoming Football Score Game fundraisers wowed the Committee Chairs. Congratulations and thanks to Samantha for all her hard work for United Way!

Christopher Wolf, DO, Receives Brain Injury Medicine Board Certification

Congratulations go out to Dr. Wolf for successfully passing the board certification exam in the subspecialty of Brain Injury Medicine. This is the first year the ACGME PM&R Brain Injury Medicine subspecialty certification has been offered. This further attests to the excellent care that Dr. Wolf provides to our patients with traumatic brain injury.

Christopher Wolf, DO, has Chapter Published in New Book

Dr. Wolf recently wrote a chapter covering stroke rehabilitation in the newly published book, "Stroke: Interventions to Support Occupational Performance", by Timothy J. Wolf. The book, which can serve as a textbook for advanced-level occupational therapy students and assist in skill development for practicing clinicians, can be found on Amazon.com.

Sarah Hwang, MD, Offers Unique Non-Invasive Treatment Options for Pelvic Pain

A new University of Missouri Health Care specialty clinic gives women throughout the state a non-invasive option for treatment of pelvic floor pain. Pelvic floor pain is a common problem that is often ignored. Sarah Hwang, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at MU Health Care and an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the MU School of Medicine, is one of approximately 10 physicians in the country specially trained in treating musculoskeletal problems in women, specifically with pelvic pain.

“Pelvic pain is a surprisingly common problem, and it can be an uncomfortable subject to talk about,” Hwang said. “Pelvic pain can occur anywhere from the belly button to the bottom of the buttock, or it can be pain in your lower back. It is often related to a group of muscles that run along the bottom of the pelvis. Those muscles are responsible for keeping women continent of urine, holding the pelvic organs in place and are even important muscles used when walking.”

MU Health Care’s pelvic pain clinic uses physical therapy, medication management, injections and lifestyle changes to help get women back to health. They treat women who have pain — whether constant, sporadic or at specific times such as during or after intercourse — constipation or other musculoskeletal problems, as well as pregnant women who are experiencing pain. The clinic is located in the new Mizzou Therapy Services clinic at 4040 Range Line St.

Hwang and specially trained physical therapists educate patients on how the muscles work and how to relax and re-train those muscles to prevent further pelvic floor disorders. “It is similar to treating muscles in other parts of your body, such as in your neck,” said Jennifer Stone, PT, clinical supervisor of rehabilitation services. “Many people don’t really know what pelvic muscles do, but once they understand their function, patients are empowered in their therapy.”

To learn more about pelvic floor pain and disorders, as well as non-invasive treatment options, please call MU Health Care’s pelvic pain clinic at (573) 884-1587.

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