Learn More – The Regenerative Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic in Honolulu, HI
Dr. Dwight Lin and His Team Specialize in Orthobiologics: PRP Injections, Stem Cell Injections and Advanced Technology for Knees, Back, Hip, or Shoulder Joint Pain Relief and Arthritis. We Are Open 5 Days a Week at 1380 Lusitana St # 709, Honolulu, HI 96813. Make an Appointment Online or Call Us at (808) 201-4410.
Meet Dwight Lin, M.D.
Dr. Dwight Lin graduated from Cornell University with a degree in neurobiology and behavior, and earned his MD at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1995. He began working with cytokines (cell-signaling molecules) as an intern at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
He completed his training at Harvard Medical School in 1999, specializing in spine and sports rehabilitation, with a focus on combining minimally invasive treatments & rehabilitative exercises to accelerate patient recovery.
Dr. Lin has been caring for Hawaii patients since 1999, and was named one of Honolulu Magazine’s Top Doctors in Hawaii for PRP treatments in 2015.
A specialist in the non-surgical treatment of spine, muscular, and joint injuries, Dr. Lin assists adult patients who have suffered work, recreational, or sports-related injuries. He is committed to providing the most innovative holistic care options, including biologic injections, live ultrasound and digital imaging, and rehabilitative exercise.
He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and has served as a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the International Spine Interventional Society, the North American Spine Society, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He also actively consults with leading rehabilitation physicians from around the U.S.
He is a longtime martial arts enthusiast, cyclist and surfer, and enjoys relaxing with his wife and kids.
The Best-Kept Secret In Medicine
We all function in different ways. When that functionality is disrupted by muscle, nerve and joint injuries, Regenerative Medicine & Rehabilitation of Honolulu uses regenerative and biologic techniques to enhance healing.
It’s one thing to simply manage pain. We take treatment much further using groundbreaking, evidence-based medical techniques to nurture tissue recovery, and with it, strength, range of motion, and conditioning.
For our patients, that means a vastly improved quality of life.
We Are Here To Help
Learn more about Regenerative Medicine & Rehabilitation of Honolulu by giving us a call at (808) 201-4410. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is conveniently located in downtown Honolulu at Queen’s Medical Center, POB1, Suite 709, at 1380 Lusitana St.
While we work with a variety of health insurance plans and providers, our regenerative medicine services are typically not covered by insurance. Payments are due at the time of service, and we encourage you to check with your insurance provider about coverage options and benefits.
It’s Time For A Change
Most aches and pains don’t require surgery, and many treatment options and medications only mask the underlying issue or aren’t the right fit for a specific injury. Regenerative Medicine & Rehabilitation of Honolulu approaches things differently.
Take your pain off the table
Physiatry heals injuries and pain without addictive medications or surgery
By David Frickman
People with persistent back or shoulder pain are seeking solutions. “Is pain medication the right option? Do I need surgery?”
There’s another choice for people who hate the idea of using addictive medication for their pain or going under the knife to treat a health issue, and it’s a specialty you might not be familiar with. It’s called physiatry.
“A lot of folks haven’t heard of us before,” says Dwight Lin, M.D., a physiatrist and HMSA participating provider whose practice focuses on treating sports and back injuries. “Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in muscle, nerve, and joint injuries that affect how you move. We help rehabilitate people without surgery.
“For some doctors, the treatment may be the pain killer or the shot. But to a physiatrist, restoring function is the ultimate goal.”
Take, for example, the patient who hurt his back playing golf three months ago and has tried other remedies before reaching the physiatrist’s office. “Most back pain tends to get better in two to four weeks on its own,” says Lin. “Unfortunately for this patient, the symptoms persisted. He tried taking over-the-counter medication. He went to his primary care doctor and maybe even tried massage therapy or saw a chiropractor.
“Maybe the patient tried some physical therapy and some stretching exercises and didn’t any better, so his doctor sent him to us and said, ‘Can you help us with the diagnosis?’”
Finding and treating the problem
“A thorough diagnosis, review of treatment options, and helping patients make informed choices are essential components of the physiatric approach. Combining this with an individualized exercise prescription is what separates physiatry from other medical specialties and physical therapy. The physical therapist (PT) will help the patient through the prescribed exercises, but it’s the physiatrist who does a thorough medical examination and “writes the prescription” for the exercise program.
“Depending on the diagnosis, there’s a frequency, an intensity, and a duration for each exercise prescription,” says Lin. “To a physiatrist, exercise is truly medicine.”
The physiatric evaluation starts with a consultation to learn what triggers the pain, what makes it worse, what makes it better, and what medications are being used to ease the pain. The physiatrist will also review the patient’s medical history to discover any complicating issues such as diabetes or a family history of back trouble.
“Then we do a thorough physical examination to see if there are any signs of nerve involvement, what are the limitations on range of motion, or if there’s an impact on the other related muscle groups nearby,” Lin says. “Often, people who have a back injury may have a problem with some of the muscles nearby. Sometimes hip problems can be mistaken for a back problem.”
Lin uses the combination of a history, physical examination, and sometimes diagnostic scans to help patients. “We really try to avoid unnecessary testing. But when pain is really limiting function and we’re looking for more aggressive treatment, we’ll use tests like X-rays, ultrasound, CT, or MRI scans to sort out the diagnosis, wso we have a more precise and effective treatment plan.”
Though medication is not always indicated, Lin says it’s sometimes necessary to help the patient through the exercise program. “We’ll typically use things like anti-inflammatories. They can have side effects, but we try not to use anything addictive. We want to use medications that are going to help our patients recover.”
Talk to a physiatrist before surgery
For most people with low back pain (those without cancer or injuries that could lead to paralysis or permanent nerve damage, for example), research indicates that it’s a good idea to see a physiatrist before seeing a surgeon. A 2012 Michigan study showed that physiatry consultations resulted in a 25 percent reduction in spine surgeries and a 70 percent improvement in patient satisfaction overall.
“We work alongside orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons to manage a lot of these muscle, joint, and other various injuries from sports or work,” he says. “We often help triage the patient to figure out what’s going on. We try the non-surgical options first and exhaust those before we have patients see our surgical colleagues. This includes physical therapy, prescription medications, and injections ranging from epidural steroids to platelet rich plasma and stem cells.
If injections are indicated, we always use image guidance, such as ultrasound or X-rays, for safety, comfort, and precision. If it turns out that there’s something like a fracture or condition that needs to be addressed surgically, we can get them seen quickly.
“We don’t focus on the pain. We focus on helping people function. Physiatry is unique in that we take a non-surgical and non-narcotic approach to helping people rehabilitate from sports injuries and back pain.”