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About Dr. Thomas Peterson
Dr. Thomas Peterson, MD, DABMA is a Doctor primarily located in Eugene, OR. He has 42 years of experience. His specialties include Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Peterson has received 1 award. He speaks English.
Dr. Thomas Peterson has the following 3 specialties
- Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
An osteopath is a physician who is trained in the philosophy of osteopathic medicine. These doctors have a D.O. degree which stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, as opposed to M.D. for Medical Doctor.
Osteopathic medicine differs from conventional medicine, which is sometimes referred to as allopathic medicine, in that they incorporate a type of manual therapy called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) into their treatment in which they manipulate the spine in order to relieve pain when other methods have not been successful. This is reflective of the philosophical difference between the two types of physicians; osteopaths are trained to treat the body as a whole in the belief that the body is structured with the ability to heal itself while medical doctors treat specific illnesses or symptoms.
Overall, osteopaths and medical doctors in the US are both equally qualified to treat patients and they work in the same settings and provide the same treatments.
- Sports Medicine
A sports medicine specialist is a physician who is trained to diagnose and treat injuries and conditions caused by participation in athletic activities.
These doctors are generally employed by professional sports teams to care for the athletes who are injured. They have extensive knowledge of the types of injuries that athletes are most susceptible to, such as stress fractures, sprains, concussions, muscle cramps, ACL injuries, and shin splints.
It is the responsibility of sports medicine specialist to clear athletes to return to the playing field when they are deemed fit. These doctors also advise athletes on how to avoid injury through proper care of their bodies while training.
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A physiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the rehabilitation and physiological treatment of patients with an illness or injury that affects movement.
These specialists have extensive knowledge of the nerves, muscles, bone, and brain. Physiatrists are also experts in pain medication.
Some common conditions that physiatrists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, neurological and spinal disorders and injuries, chronic pain disorders, like fibromyalgia, and musculoskeletal issues, like broken bones and torn muscles.
These physicians also often coordinate a team of other specialists in order to maximize the patient's recovery, such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, neurologists, orthopedists, and counselors.
Dr. Thomas Peterson has the following 1 expertise
Dr. Thomas Peterson has 0 board certified specialties
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Over 20 years ago, I sprained my ankle. Since that time I have had intermittent pain when walking, causing me to limp along until my leg tissues would warm up. My physician at the time told me that the pain was due to "built up scar tissue," which I would just have to endure. I believed him. It would be especially painful during the winter. I am 72 years old and as I have aged the pain seemed to worsen. When I met with Dr. Peterson and discovered that in fact there was hope by using prolo treatment, I wanted to cry. Just the thought that I would not have to live with this pain forever was unbelieveable. After only four treatments, I am no longer enduring that ankle pain. I feel like I have died and gone to heaven. Thank God there are people around like Dr. Peterson, someone who clearly "thinks outside the box" and is dedicated to practices that suggest our bodies, given the right "alternative" treatment, will heal. He deserves 10 stars for his amazing contribution to the medical field.
When I first came to Dr. Peterson, I was in severe chronic pain in the right side of my body for over a year. I went from running half marathons,going on full day hikes, to not being able to walk or even pull my leg forward by the middle of the day. I could no longer work due to the disabling pain, and all the mental stress that goes along with having to navigate the medical world. I had 6 MRI's, seen over a dozen specialist and surgeons. Prescribed buckets of pain pills with no diagnosis and no relief in site. After only spending 15 minute with Dr. Peterson, he told me I had a ligament injury in my right hip. He was right! After only one injection of prolo therapy and one injection of PRP, I was on the road to recovery and even taking walks less than 3 weeks later. Over a course of 3 treatments I am almost 100%. Dr. Peterson is a blessing. He is confident and has genuine concern. I consider him a Friend and someone I can wholeheartedly trust. Paula, his office specialist gets an A+ as well. These people are Family now. I am grateful beyond words for the gift Dr. Peterson has given me. He saved my life. I have hope again when I almost ran out of it. Thank you. On to the next adventure!
He really takes the time to listen to his patients. He doesn't have that mentality of "in and out" like other physicians. He's patient and puts forth the effort to understand your injury and get to know you. His personable attitude makes you feel comfortable and I look forward to our rehab sessions. He deserves 10 stars really!
Top 10 Doctor - City (2014)
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42 Years Experience
Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1974
University Of Texas Health System
Dr. Thomas Peterson accepts the following insurance providers.
Regence Health Plans
- Regence OR Preferred Provider Network
Locations & DirectionsEUGENE SPORTS & ORTHOPAEDIC, 1178 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR
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