Amelia S. Eastman DO

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Place Category: Pain ManagementPlace Tags: Orthopedic, Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Surgery

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  • Dr. Eastman meets with patients in several types of UC San Diego clinics, including Occupational Medicine, pain relief, and rehabilitation. In all of these settings, she uses a hands-on approach to diagnose injury and illness and to encourage the body’s natural tendency for good health. She has received extensive training in alternative health fields as well as conventional medicine, allowing her to integrate all aspects of health in the best method for each patient. She specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, including neck pain, back pain, and sports injuries. Her work in physical medicine and rehabilitation also includes meeting with patients before and after joint replacements or other surgery to decrease pain, increase movement, and regain function. In her work at the pain clinic (appointments by referral only), she specializes in using osteopathic manual medicine to ease muscle pain through techniques including counterstrain and muscle energy. Dr. Eastman also meets with patients through Occupational and Environmental Medicine for employee health appointments (by referral only). Dr. Eastman attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, and completed residencies in physical medicine and rehabilitation residency (at Baylor College of Medicine) and preventive medicine (at UC San Diego). She is board certified in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation and in preventive medicine. She is a member of the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC) at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and a reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Her research interests include sports concussion, back pain in workers, and validating objective physical activity and performance measures. She is involved in numerous research trials in the areas of pain, functional decline, fall prevention, and exercise. Before attending medical school, Dr. Eastman worked as a professional mountain and river guide in South America and New Zealand. In addition, she has lived and worked in health care in Africa and Australia. She has two patents pending for medical inventions to improve functional performance.