New Specialist in Pain and Regenerative Medicine Joins Spaulding Cape Cod
Daniel Sheehan, M.D., a physician specializing in non-surgical orthopedic care, pain management, and spine conditions, has joined the medical staff of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. Dr. Sheehan is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He currently sees outpatients at the hospital in Sandwich and will also see patients at the Spaulding Orleans Outpatient Center starting in February.
Dr. Sheehan’s areas of expertise include: neck and back pain, hip and pelvis problems, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, hypermobility syndrome, arthritis, endurance sports conditions, running injuries, and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Sheehan brings a unique perspective and expertise to patients in the region. He draws on an array of approaches to treat new, acute injuries, chronic conditions and pain, and patients whose initial treatments or surgeries did not adequately improve or resolve the issue.
“I’ve found that using a combination of both traditional approaches and those not typically available in orthopedic or general rehab settings helps my patients experience greater healing and return of function,” says Dr. Sheehan. Traditional approaches in rehabilitation medicine include cortisone injections, physical therapy, pain and anti-inflammatory medications, and suggestions for lifestyle adjustments. “In addition, incorporating therapies from immunology, endocrinology, functional medicine, and anti-aging disciplines into rehabilitation medicine greatly increases the body’s potential to heal.”
This approach to care offers the hope of relief to many patients, notes Spaulding’s Chief Medical Officer Andrew Judelson, M.D. “With the addition of Dr. Sheehan to our medical team, patients from endurance athletes to those living with debilitating chronic illness will have access to an expanded array of rehabilitation interventions and creative therapies. We’re excited people will be able to benefit from these therapies here in our community.”
In addition to expertise with spine injections, nerve blocks, and joint injections, Dr. Sheehan employs techniques from the field of Regenerative Medicine, which uses various methods to repair or replace damaged tissue in order to restore function lost from disease, injury or aging. These techniques include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures, prolotherapy (injections into soft tissues around the joints and spine to stimulate healing), and stem cell therapy.
“Each patient has a unique history, circumstances, and goals. Having many tools in my toolbox allows me to recommend the best combination to give patients the most effective treatment for their needs,” Dr. Sheehan says.
Dr. Sheehan earned his medical degree (MD) from the Georgetown University School of Medicine then completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School. His prior experience includes working in pain management, orthopedic, spine, and integrative medicine practices.
For information or to make an appointment, contact Spaulding Cape Cod at 508.833.4160.
About Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod (SCC) is a 60-bed acute rehabilitation hospital providing advanced inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation to residents of the Cape, Islands and South Shore. SCC is the only provider of hospital-level rehabilitation on Cape Cod and includes outpatient centers in Sandwich, Yarmouth, Orleans, and Plymouth, and a dedicated pediatric outpatient center in Sandwich. For more information, visit www.spauldingrehab.org/capecod
SCC is a member of The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network (SRN) and MassGeneral Brigham Health System. SRN includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, the 2nd ranked rehabilitation hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report, along with Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center Brighton, and over 25 outpatient sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.spauldingrehab.org.