Michael Y. Chang, D.O.

Dr. Michael Chang, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. Michael Chang

Orthopedic & Physiatry Specialist

Practicing at:
Walnut Creek
San Ramon
Brentwood

Specialties:

Dr. Chang is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, with a focus on diagnostic and therapeutic treatments of the spine and musculoskeletal system. He specializes in interventional pain management, electrodiagnostics, and physiatry.

He treats musculoskeletal issues, such as pain in the back, neck, knee, hip and shoulder. His treatments include fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided injections, physician-guided physical therapy and minimally invasive spine procedures such as kyphoplasty and spinal cord stimulation.

Approach to Treatment

Surgery may be suitable for some, but I work together with my patients to try an arsenal of non-surgical tools to manage and reduce pain.

There are many cases where surgery can be avoided and minimally invasive procedures or physical therapy can help you manage your pain. My goal is to restore your quality of life as quickly as possible, with the least amount of interruption to you.

I believe that treating the patient, not just the condition, produces the best results and that pain management is a partnership endeavor. Integrating holistic medicine, a patient-first approach, and innovative thinking, I work with my patients to improve their quality of life. My goal is to help my patients get to their best physical, functional, emotional, and psychosocial well-being.

Meet Dr. Chang

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More About the Doctor

Dr. Chang is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, fellowship trained in pain management. Dr. Chang’s extensive clinical experience makes him one of the premier physiatrists in the area.

With experience in minimally invasive techniques, he can treat many patients, including those with pain due to osteoporotic or pathologic compression fractures, recommending kyphoplasty, along with other therapies, as an effective way to eliminate or reduce pain.

Dr. Chang also performs spinal cord stimulation, a newer and innovative procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain, may also be an option for those patients who have tried and failed with other pain management treatments.

Dr. Chang graduated with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his degree as Doctor of Osteopathy at Western University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California. He was awarded Intern of the Year while at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino.

Dr. Chang completed his residency training at New York University School of Medicine, where he was selected as Chief Resident. Dr. Chang then furthered his training with a fellowship in pain management at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Dr. Chang continues to accrue his medical and clinical knowledge by conducting academic research and participating in clinical education.

Alumni Organizations:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Western University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California
  • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2002
Western University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathy

1997
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Graduated with High Honors

Fellowship & Residency Training

2006- 2007
Fellow in Pain Management
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Department of Anesthesia

2003-2006
Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation, New York University School of Medicine

2002-2003
Intern
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Clinical Experience

2012
Ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and interventional pain medicine symposium.
Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) training course.
Aliso Viejo, Ca

2009
International Spinal Interventional Society Clinical Anatomy and Imaging Course.
San Francisco, CA

2008
International Spinal Interventional Society Cervical Spine Injection Course.
Phoenix, Az

2007
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course.
Rochester, Minnesota

2006
National implanting Physician Workshop.
Denver, Colorado.

2006
Spinal Cord Stimular Workshop, Medical Education and Research Institute.
Memphis, TN.

2006
Spinal Cord Stimulator workshop.
University of California, San Diego.

2005
An Interactive Physiatric Approach to the Management of Lumbar Spine Disorders.
New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.

Honors & Awards

2006 – Chairman, AAP Resident Physician Council Fellows
2005 – Chief Resident, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Training Program, NYU
2005 – Membership Chairman, AAP Resident Physician Council
2004 – Inpatient Chief Resident, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Training Program, NYU
2003 – Selected to Committee of Intern and Residents at Bellevue Hospital
2003 – Intern of the Year. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Publications & Presentations

Chang M, Balloon Kyphoplasty after Vertebroplasty for recurrent vertebral fractures: A case study, paper presentation, American Academy of Neurologic and Orthopaedic Surgeons 35th annual meeting, Portland, Or, 2011

Chang M, Be Healthy Challenge: Keeping your back in shape through exercise and nutrition, Bone and Health Fair, Concord, California, Sept 2008.

Chang M, Non-Surgical Management of Low Back Pain, John Muir Health Orthopadic Update, Concord, California, June 2008.

Chang M, Ahn J, The Therapeutic Challenge of Gastrocnemius Vein Thrombosis: An Unusual Case Study. Poster presentation 42nd Association of Academic Physiatrist annual education conference, Daytona Beach, Fl, 2006

Nadler S, Stitik, T, Chang M, Occupational low back pain: History and physical examination. Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. Aug 2006.

Feinberg J, Antony A, Chang, M, Calicific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle, submitted for publication, 2006

Vad V, Antony A, Chang M, Outcome study: Facet cyst decompression after 2 year follow-up. Work-in-progress.

Chang M, Poulos P, Rehabilitation of unilateral lower extremity weakness due to lumbar epidural abscess caused by Pott’s disease: a case study, poster presentation, 41st Association of Academic Physiatrist annual education conference, Tucson, Az, 2005

Chang M, Deporto R. Abstract: The therapeutic challenge of antiphospholipid syndrome resulting in right below elbow amputation and left sided flaccid hemiparesis: a case study, Poster presentation, 65th American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation annual meeting, Phoenix Az, 2004.

Chang M, Minkoff E, Fish D, Pham Q, Pain location as a predictor of outcome in chronic low back pain patients undergoing spinal injections, poster presentation, 39th Association of Academic Physiatrist annual education conference, Fort Lauderdale, Fl, 2003

Professional Associations & Medical Licenses

Association of Academic Physiatrist
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Society of Interventional Pain Physician
International Spinal Interventional Society
Current state licenses in California, and Florida