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Isabel Huang, M.D.
Isabel Huang, M.D.

Isabel Huang, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Geriatric Strengthening/Posture Rehabilitation Evaluations

Biography

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Isabel Chan, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern. She specializes in pain management for individuals suffering from musculoskeletal injuries, degenerative injuries, and neuropathic pain.

After earning her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Chan completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty, Dr. Chan was an Assistant Professor at the Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research.

In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Chan teaches PM&R residents and medical students at UT Southwestern. Her research focuses on female physician wellness.

She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), and the Texas Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society.

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Meet Dr. Huang

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist in Dallas

If you’re experiencing musculoskeletal pain – such as pain in your shoulders, knees, or hips – physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Isabel Chan, M.D., offers the latest nonsurgical options for relief and often can help increase function for an improved quality of life.

“No one wants to live with pain,” Dr. Chan says. “But there are also many people who don’t want to take oral pain medications for the rest of their lives or are unable to undergo surgery. I can help maximize their pain relief with a more conservative approach.”

When an injection is the most effective remedy, Dr. Chan can provide trigger-point injections of anesthetics for myofascial pain, joint injections for joint pain, or tendon sheath injections for inflamed tendons.

She uses ultrasound, the latest imaging technology for injections. Injections have been traditionally performed without imaging guidance or under x-ray imaging. She feels that with the use of ultrasound she is able to improve accuracy, thereby decreasing complications. Ultrasound helps her visualize the needle as she advances it towards the target, increasing accuracy for pain relief and decreasing complications. And since ultrasound doesn’t emit radiation, it also reduces radiation exposure to patients versus x-ray imaging.

Relief From Pain

Dr. Chan has a variety of general rehabilitation and pain management therapies at her fingertips. For her general rehabilitation patients, such as those who have suffered from brain or spinal cord injuries, she ensures they have the right therapeutic equipment and facilitates occupational or speech therapy, among other services. She is also adept at treating other diseases such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain's tenosynovitis, and post-fracture rehabilitation.

When she’s helping patients address joint pain, such as bursitis or arthritis, or an injury, injections are often a preferred option in conjunction with therapy. Depending on a patient’s overall health and type of pain, injections of a steroid, hyalauronic acid, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) can provide quick relief and last for months.

Treating pain takes experience because the source can be difficult to pinpoint.

“I really listen to my patients,” she says. “That’s what helps me determine how to address their pain because it gives me a glimpse into how it’s affecting their lives. The more I know and understand about what they’re experiencing, the better I can treat them.”


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Education & Training
  • Residency - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2012-2015), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Internship - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2011-2012), General Surgery
  • Medical School - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (2007-2011)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2015-2017)), The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) is the national medical specialty organization representing more than 9,000 physicians who are specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). PM&R physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Physiatrists utilize cutting‐edge as well as time‐tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life.
  • Association of Academic Physiatry (2015-2017)), Community of leading minds in physiatry at every career level.

Clinical Focus

  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Geriatric Strengthening/Posture Rehabilitation Evaluations
  • Sports Injuries
  • Non-Surgical Treatment Options

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