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Community Highlights: Meet Shounuck Patel of The Patel Center for Functional Regeneration

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shounuck Patel.

Shounuck, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am a double board-certified Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician and the founder of The Patel Center for Functional Regeneration. We are a top non-surgical sports and spine specialty practice located in the heart of Pasadena and Arcadia. I am also a published author, medical illustrator, and speaker, and I travel regularly to teach at conferences around the world. As a globally recognized educator, I have had the honor to train fellow physicians and medical school students on my advanced techniques.

My passion for anatomy was initially sparked by my background in art. My mother was an art teacher who wanted me to focus on still life, but my vivid imagination drew me to the dynamic and exaggerated proportions of comic books. It was interestingly through the imagery and mythos of superheroes that I was ingrained with the drive to help others. Ultimately this drive, coupled with my inclination towards musculoskeletal anatomy, led me to become a physician specializing in non-surgical sports and spine medicine.

But as I went through my training from medical school to residency to fellowship, I found myself often frustrated with the limitations and risks associated with traditional musculoskeletal care. I realized that the system is stuck with a myopic view – clinicians are often focused on symptoms but not looking at the root cause of injuries. To make matters worse, typical treatments are relegated to addictive medications, dangerous cortisone injections, or risky irreversible surgery.

Rooted with the philosophy I learned as an Osteopathic physician that the body has the innate ability to heal itself, I delved into the budding field of regenerative medicine. In 2008, I had my first experience in regenerative medicine with a physician who was using sugar water (prolotherapy) and a patient’s own blood (PRP) to treat athletes from the New York City Ballet. I was enthralled by the natural non-surgical care that was able to get patients back to a high level of function. Since then, I trained under pioneers in the field for over a decade, worked for six years with the most published international network of regenerative physicians, and now teach other physicians from across the world with several organizations including the non-profit Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation.

Through my practice, I am pioneering the concept of Functional Orthopedics, in which I first ask the question “why” to find the root cause of injury, then use comprehensive treatments including exercise, nutrition, manual therapy and natural injections using a patient’s own biologic solutions.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I started my practice in early March 2020. Then two weeks later, the world closed due to COVID-19. So, I can definitely say it has not been the smoothest road these past years. I had to learn how to run my own medical practice all while navigating through an ongoing pandemic. It has been a rollercoaster to say the least, but I am happy to say that we have been able to continue to take great care of our patients and help many people avoid unnecessary surgeries and pain medications.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The team and I at the Patel Center for Functional Regeneration are dedicated to helping our patients discover the root causes of their pain conditions. We are focused on getting our patients on the right path of holistic and functional healing by harnessing the use of one’s own body and by leveraging advanced technology. We help patients explore various non-surgical treatment options and incorporate nutrition, supplements and exercise.

What separates us apart are my thorough examinations and consultations. My number one priority is to provide exceptional patient care and give patients the most educated second opinion for anyone told they need to undergo surgery. I am dedicated to helping patients find the correct treatment path, even if it’s not with my practice. I am so fortunate to have helped over 2,400 patients avoid unnecessary surgery and get back to doing the activities they love.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I believe my success is not only due to my deep understanding of the body’s anatomy and function but is also attributed to my commitment to upholding the highest level of patient care. My team and I treat every patient like family and truly go above and beyond to ensure they are getting the most informative and thorough consultations, the most accurate diagnoses, and the most comprehensive treatment plans for their long-term recovery and optimal results.

Many of my patients have turned into strong referral sources for my practice and many have even gone on to become some of my biggest patient advocates. I am fortunate to be able to treat a variety of patients from the active elderly to famous professional athletes, performers and TV personalities.

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