Physical medicine and rehabilitation is a medical specialty that is essentially a combination of non-surgical orthopedic surgery and Neurology. As a PM&R physician I am trained to put my primary medical emphasis on function. My goal is to help you return to living life and doing the things that you want and need to do. My practice methods are heavily influenced by my personal history of chronic back pain and my athletic background. I employ a number of tools to diagnose and treat your condition. However my ultimate goal is to educate you regarding the root causes of your pain in order to give you the tools you need to treat yourself as much as possible. We want to teach you to help yourself, so you will need our help less often. I have authored a book on the topic of self help for back pain that should make it easier for you to obtain the knowledge you need. The title is: "Why Do Have Back Pain" Learn how to stop hurting yourself and take control of your pain. My focus is on painful conditions of the bones, joints, muscles, nerves and connective tissue. In that context my primary focus is on painful conditions of the spine including neck pain and headaches as well as lower back pain and leg pain. I have pursued extensive training and have decades of experience in fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided Interventional spinal and peripheral joint procedures, nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections and limb joint injections. These techniques are employed as a part of a comprehensive integrated program of therapy, education and exercise. Specifically injections are used to diagnose and to treat conditions which are resistant to physical therapy. In this context injection techniques serve exclusively as a tool to facilitate participation in a comprehensive, customized rehabilitation program. When not practicing medicine I enjoy reading, exercise, skiing and woodworking. I am an Ironman triathlete, weightlifter, double black diamond skier, and I practice yoga regularly. I have two adult daughters. I'm committed to helping my patients of all ages achieved their health goals through individual care and health education to give them the tools needed to manage your own pain through physical therapy, exercise, injections and surgery if and when necessary. Sincerely, Matthew Michaels, MD
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Learn about Dr. Michaels
My treatment goal is to give you the tools you need to be able to treat yourself. I believe that knowledge of your own condition is critical, so much so I have written a book about the issue:
Why Do I Have Back Pain?: Learn How to Stop Hurting Yourself, and Take Control of Your Pain
An accurate diagnosis is critical and is arrived at through a thorough history and physical exam. Treatment will focus on physical therapy to help you understand and modify the bio-mechanical root of your problem. Injection techniques using fluoroscopic or Ultrasound guidance are used to facilitate the diagnostic process and to support physical therapy. I do not utilize chronic narcotic pain medications. At RestorePDX we also employ various types of regenerative treatments including prolotherapy, PRP, and autologous stem cell treatments to facilitate and accelerate the healing process.
Dr. Michaels' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Interventional Pain Medicine
Interventional Spine Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine
Sports Medicine Pain Management
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Accredited by: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*
Why It Matters: Dr. Michaels' Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Achilles Tendon Rupture
Ankle Ligament Rupture
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Arthritis of the Ankle
Arthritis of the Elbow
Arthritis of the Finger
Arthritis of the Foot
Arthritis of the Hand
Arthritis of the Midfoot
Arthritis of the Neck
Arthritis of the Shoulder
Arthritis of the Spine
Arthritis of the Toe
Arthritis of the Wrist
Arthropathy of Spinal Facet Joint
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Male Pelvic Pain
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Non-Inflammatory Pelvic Pain
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Pathological Spine Fracture
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Upper Back Pain
Wear and Tear Arthritis
Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
Cervical Medial Branch Block
Dorsal Column Stimulation
Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
Epidural Steroid Injections
Facet Joint Injection
Ganglion Impar Block
Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Block
Low Back Procedure
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
Lumbar Medial Branch Block
Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
Lumbar Sympathetic Block
Manipulation Adjustment of Back and Neck
Medical Branch Block
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Nerve Block, Somatic
Nerve Block, Sympathetic
Nerve Conduction Studies
Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
Nerve Root Block
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
Peripheral Nerve Block
Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
Sacroiliac Joint Injection
Spinal Nerve Block
Stellate Ganglion Block
Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
Transforaminal Epidural Block
Trigger Point Injection
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Oregon.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University At Albany
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1992
Carilion Clinic Transitional
Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
University Of Colorado At Denver-Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Michaels has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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