Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, David Hubbell, MD. starting June 1, 2015. He specializes in nonsurgical spine care and electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Hubbell’s medical journey began at a very early age as he observed his father, a retired anesthesiologist, dedicate himself to his patients and his craft. Dr. Hubbell was drawn to physiatry because it is a nonsurgical specialty that trains physicians to assist patients in optimizing their quality of life, and allows for a deep level of doctor-patient interaction.
As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, he is trained to enhance a patient’s function, no matter the disease process. An easier-to-understand description of Dr. Hubbell’s services would be a “non-operative spine specialist.” He treats and evaluates conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, and numbness or pain in the arm or leg. His approach is to help patients improve their function through designing a treatment plan that may include Physical Therapy, Chiropractic care, specific injections, acupuncture, massage, counseling, and non-addictive medications. Upon an initial visit, a thorough evaluation is performed and recommendations for various treatment options are given. Most patients suffering from numbness, pain, tingling, or weakness in an extremity may benefit from EMG and NCS, which are tests Dr. Hubbell is specifically trained to perform. Through these tests, he is able to successfully evaluate the nerves in the arms and legs to determine if a nerve entrapment or pinched nerve may be present.
In addition to serving in the private sector, Dr. Hubbell has served on the Physician’s Advisory Panel for the State Board of Worker’s Compensation. He is particularly focused on assisting injured workers in their recovery, allowing them to resume or continue their livelihood. A particular useful service he provides both the employer and employee is an Independent Medical Evaluation, better known as an IME. He has developed a reputation for fairness in what sometimes can be a contentious process. During these evaluations, his objective is to determine a clear diagnosis, assess reasonable remaining treatment options, determine if there is hope for a cure, and evaluate a safe return to work.
For the past 18 years, Dr. Hubbell has worked at the Emory Spine Center. He lives in Atlanta with his wife of almost 26 years, Alice, who also works in the medical field as a nurse anesthetist(CRNA). They are currently looking to relocate to Bartow County. Together, they enjoy serving in their church community, being outdoors, and playing frisbee with their two Shetland Sheepdogs, Rosie and Rollin.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hubbell and Alice to our community!