Robert C. Shuman, M.D. and the medical professionals at Physician’s Choice have been Marietta and north metro Atlanta’s premier Medical Weight-Loss and resource for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle and Disease Prevention Education since 1996.
Dr. Shuman graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and served his residency in anesthesia at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Board Certified Anesthesiologist he practiced anesthesiology and pain management at Kennestone Hospital until 2000.
It was then that he “switched gears” and focused his full time medical practice attention on his passion for sharing the message of good nutrition and healthy lifestyle and the role they play in disease prevention and longevity. Board Certified by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine, Dr. Shuman has over 40 years of medical, pain management and nutrition experience.
Dr. Shuman’s Prolotherapy Story – A Better Way for Pain Relief
Prior to “switching gears” and focusing his medical practice on nutrition, disease prevention and weight loss, Dr. Robert Shuman had spent most of his medical career preventing and relieving pain. During his 40 years as a Board Certified anesthesiologist, a large number of patients sought relief from chronic pain, from Dr. Shuman. Using “state of the art” pain management procedures such as epidural spinal injections, steroids, anti-inflammatory medications and narcotics, the pain relief for many of these patients was short term. This temporary pain relief came with a price, not just the financial burden but with risks and side effects such as infection, allergic reaction, headache, suppressed immune function, impaired healing and the increasing need for repeat procedures or surgery to manage pain.
There had to be a better way…
Chronic pain limits activity and quality of life. Back pain is the leading cause for missed work and loss of income. For those who are overweight, the challenge of losing weight becomes greater when faced with knee pain, back pain or joint pain. Medications prescribed to treat pain often cause weight gain and orthopedic surgeons are hesitant to perform surgery on the obese patient. Obese patients often say that they feel “trapped” in pain.
Several years ago Dr. Shuman was looking for a way to relieve the shoulder pain he was experiencing after lifting furniture. This is when he discovered prolotherapy which is based on the simple principle that the body has the capacity to heal itself. With prolotherapy treatments the shoulder pain was eliminated and he found that his shoulder actually felt stronger than before the injury!
After personally experiencing such positive results with prolotherapy, he set upon a course to learn as much as could about prolotherapy by studying and observing prolotherapy techniques from leading prolotherapy physicians. The medical evidence is clear that prolotherapy offers a proven, simple, safe technique that provides a cure for many chronic painful conditions without major surgery or steroids.
With this knowledge and understanding, Dr. Shuman is confident that prolotherapy for chronic pain is the better way.