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Christopher F. Amsden, M.D.


PAIN MANAGEMENT / PHYSIATRY

Curry Medical Center
Curry Medical Practice

Biography


Contact Info:

Office:

541-412-2000

Facility/Office:

CURRY MEDICAL CENTER
500 5th Street
Brookings, OR 97415

CURRY MEDICAL PRACTICE
94220 4th Street
Gold Beach, OR 97444

Education:

Bachelor in Arts, Chemistry
Pitzer College

Doctor of Medicine Degree
Oregon Health Sciences University - School of Medicine

Internship:

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of California - Irvine

Residency:

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of California - Irvine

Certification:

Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation/Pain Management.

Board eligible in Electrodiagnosis.

Biography:

Christopher Amsden was born and spent his early years in Coos Bay, Oregon, and later moved to complete grade and high school at Lincoln, in Portland. Later, he majored in Chemistry at Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, followed by obtaining his M.D. from Portland's Oregon Health and Science University in 1984. His Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) residency was completed at UC Irvine, and at the Long Beach VA Hospital in 1988. He is now board certified in both specialties.

Dr. Amsden practiced initially in Portland during the infancy of fluoroscopic pain management procedures, being the first doctor (that we know of) to utilize these more advanced guided pain treatment procedures, in the Rose City. He later practiced for 23 years in Modesto, within California's Central Valley, but has now recently returned to Oregon with his wife. He has two children in college.

More/Other Information:

Dr. Amsden, regarding his patients' pain problems, addresses the importance of lifestyle, conditioning, and weight management. Beyond those, medication trials, injections, acupuncture, or manipulations may be recommended, as well as psychological training, for stubborn pain problems. Physical Therapy may also assist with development of conservative treatment approaches for pain problems.

Dr. Amsden generally recommends first trying out less habit forming types of pain medications. He utilizes adjuvant medications such as anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, anti-convulsants like gabapentin, or anti-depressants like Effexor or Pamelor, over stronger and more habit forming pain medications. Dr. Amsden also uses lab testing, and medication agreements as well, for the safety of his patients, and to help increase the predictability of the treatment plan.

Dr. Amsden also performs interventional pain treatment procedures including spinal epidural and facet blocks, and nerve and joint blocks in the limbs, hips, and shoulders.

Dr. Amsden enjoys hikes, music, skiing, and he someday hopes to get a boat.

* Musculoskeletal Spine & Joint Pain Consultation and Management
* Interventional Spine Treatment Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar Facetal (Injections or RF)
* Epidural and Disc Procedure
* Sympathetic Blocks
* Peripheral Nerve and Joint Injections
* Pain Medication Consultation