Joe Shaw

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Mr. Shaw is a board certified Physician Assistant who is licensed to practice medicine dependently in the state of Tennessee. He completed his degree at the University of Florida in 1990, where the PA program is within the college of medicine school. He has lived in Franklin for over 22 years and initially worked at a large regional hospital for over 19 years where he helped manage 3 medical clinics providing orthopedic, occupational, emergency and pain management services.

He then partnered with a physician and opened a wellness clinic where they focused on helping patients reach their physical and functional goals. He eventually sold his clinic and was named clinical director at an orthopedic office in Nashville where he evaluated and treated acute and chronic orthopedic conditions as well as providing pain management for the practice. With his clinical experience he is motivated to help patients achieve their functional pain treatment goals. Interventional pain management practices benefit from the enhanced efficiency and continuity of care that PAs provide as well as greater appointment availability.

What is a Physician Assistant/Advanced Practice Clinician?

A Physician Assistant (PA) is an Advanced Practice Clinician. Sometimes referred to as a Physician Associate. Most prefer using the abbreviation “PA”. PAs are medical professionals licensed to practice medicine dependently with a physician. Pain management physicians who work with PAs may delegate a wide range of responsibilities, including performing histories and exams, ordering and interpreting lab tests, urine drug screens, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans,
physical therapy, writing prescription medications and performing in office joint and/or trigger point injections. Interventional pain management practices that have PAs often have more availability for office appointments and may enjoy less waiting times for routine follow up exams.

In 2008, PAs in pain management/orthopedic practices conducted more than 18.6 million patient visits.

PA Credentials

After a Bachelors or masters degree, PAs attend intensive medical educational programs for approximately 27 months. Accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, PA programs are characterized by a rigorous, competency-based curriculum with didactic and clinical components. This traditional medical training prepares PAs to be effective providers of physician-directed care. Before they can be authorized to practice, PAs must pass the national certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. To maintain certification, PAs must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and take a recertification examination every six years.