Juris Simanis M.D. receives musculoskeletal sonography credential

Juris Simanis, MD, MPH, MSPH, FAAFP, board certified physician in practice with the Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) Sports and Occupational Medicine Clinic, Bolivar, has earned the Registered in Musculoskeletal (RMSK) sonography credential by The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).  By passing the musculoskeletal sonography credentialing examination, Simanis is enhancing patient safety through standardized practice.

One of the fastest growing sonography disciplines in the world, musculoskeletal sonography is used in the evaluation and treatment of joint and soft-tissue diseases.  The RMSK credential is the first ARDMS credential offered to an array of healthcare professionals such as: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists, Sports Medicine Practitioners, Osteopaths, Radiologists, Chiropractors, Rheumatologists, Podiatrists, Orthopedic Surgeons and other musculoskeletal healthcare providers.

To be eligible for a RMSK credential, Dr. Simanis met specific educational and professional experience requirements and passed the musculoskeletal sonography examination, which was four hours long and contained 200 questions finishing in the top 5%. Research has revealed ultrasound to be in an invaluable diagnostic tool and can even surpass the accuracy of MRI in diagnosing certain musculoskeletal problems; studies have also shown that using ultrasound to guide injections can increase the accuracy of injections, decrease pain associated with injections as well as improve/prolong pain relief from the injections. In addition, there is no associated radiation exposure that occurs as with X-ray guided injections.

The RMSK sonography credential is a new official registry and the examinations only have been offered twice in the United States.  Dr. Simanis is one of 400 people that have taken the examination nationally.

Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in sports medicine and family practice, Dr. Simanis attended medical school at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., and completed a residency at Carilion Roanoke Family Practice Residency Program in Roanoke, Va., as well as an extensive two-year fellowship at University of Missouri Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Columbia, Mo. Dr. Simanis is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and that the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. Dr. Simanis can provide musculoskeletal/orthopedic care for all ages including the treatment of sports injuries and occupational therapy as well as regenerative musculoskeletal interventions such as platelet rich plasma and minimally invasive treatment of Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow using the cutting edge ultrasound guided Tenex FAST procedure.  Prior to being the head team physician for Southwest Baptist University (NCAA-II), he was the head team physician at Central Methodist University (NAIA), head team physician for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks minor league baseball team in Columbia, Mo., and a team physician for the nationally ranked University of Missouri Tigers (NCAA-I), working extensively with all their athletic programs.

TheCMH Sports and Occupational Medicine Clinic is located at 2230 S. Springfield, Suite H-J, Bolivar. For a free physician referral to Dr. Simanis, call 417-777-6161.

January 01, 2013

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