Dr. Jo Ann Douglas is nationally Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Association in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. She graduated from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine in 1998, completing her rotating internship at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA and her neuromusculoskeletal residency at UNECOM in 2001. Dr. Douglas is one of the first osteopathic physicians to be trained in prolotherapy as part of the Post-Doctoral Residency Training Program for Board Certification in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Prior to osteopathic medical school, Dr. Douglas attained her M.S. Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, where she worked for several years as an athletic trainer and exercise physiologist for the women’s athletic teams.
Dr. Douglas specializes in treatment of the musculoskeletal system with (OMT) Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (for restrictions/hypomobility) and prolotherapy (for instability/hypermobility). She treats both the spine and the extremities.
Many recurrent problems are often interrelated; yet physicians not specially trained in osteopathic medicine, prolotherapy and OMT often overlook the fact that physical symptoms can demonstrate a connection between various physical problems in the body. As a result of her training and experience with patients, Dr. Douglas has a high success rate in assessing the connection between the various parts of the body. Her extensive knowledge in musculoskeletal functioning and its interconnected relationship with the entire body allows Dr. Douglas to use prolotherapy to simultaneously treat back pain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff tears, chronic ankle sprains, tennis elbow, migraine headaches, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, TMJ, arthritis, herniated disc, and tendonitis (a few of the many complications associated with musculoskeletal problems). For example, prolotherapy can be used to stabilize a chronic ankle problem that may be contributing to back pain because of the body’s tendency to compensate. Or even more dramatic, a persistent migraine headache can improve because of decreased muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and back resulting from the compensation for the same ankle instability!
As a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Osteopathy, and the Cranial Academy, Dr. Douglas is often recognized by her peers as being a foremost expert in the field of prolotherapy and OMT. She frequently gives lectures to other doctors and health care providers. For example, a recent lecture included her discussion on “Wound Healing and Injury Repair” at the Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine Convention held in Keystone, CO in February 2005.
Originally from the New England area, Dr. Douglas has always been an avid sports enthusiast. Not only was she a ski instructor but she regularly plays softball, ice hockey and tennis. She also hikes, mountain bikes, and rock climbs. After visiting family in Colorado years ago, she fell in love with the area and the opportunity to continue her active lifestyle. Subsequently, she decided to open two offices of her practice in Colorado. As a result of the significance of sports in her life and her desire to help others, her career path in sports medicine is a perfect fit.
“I have personally undergone Prolotherapy performed by Dr. Douglas and I was absolutely amazed at the results. For years I have been plagued with lower back pain caused by some compression of some lower lumbar disks. I was told my only alternative would be surgery or a life on pain-killers. But Dr. Douglas was able to stimulate my own healing system to strengthen the muscles and tendons that hold the lumbar in position. By doing so, the compression eased, circulation was restored and my chronic pain went away. Dr. Douglas’ skill and caring manner put me at ease and I highly recommend her for prolotherapy.” -Tom Martino