Dr. Ivan Edwards D.O.
Physiatrist (Physical Medicine) | Physical Medicine & RehabilitationSan Antonio zip codes San Antonio Texas, 78258
Dr. Ivan Edwards (DO, FAAPMR, FRSA) is a medical doctor, CEO/owner of a healthcare entity, a Reserve military officer, a community leader with local and international affiliations, and a public speaker.
He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a prestigious designation accorded to him for serving communities in the areas of social progress and development. He was simultaneously accepted as a Fellow in the historical Royal Society of Medicine (London, UK).
Education and Training
East Virginia Medical School Certificate - Medicine 2005
UTHSCSA Board Certificate - PM&R 2008
USAF School of Aerospace Med Certificate - Flight Surgeon 2016
Midwestern University DO 2004
Rivier University BS (cum laude) 1999
American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine
Physical Medicine and RehabilitationAmerican Board of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationABPMR
Dr. Ivan Edwards D.O.'s Expert Contributions
Rehabilitation, after stroke, is highly individualized from one patient to another. It is NOT a one fit all treatment modality. Stroke rehabilitation is best attained in a facility staffed with therapists and a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist, practicing stroke rehabilitation since not all physiatrists practice stroke rehabilitation. Stroke rehabilitation covers critical areas of mobility, ADL tasks, speech, cognitive, and medical management of stroke sequelae that encompasses issues like headaches, pain, depression, and bowel/bladder dysfunctions. Here are some generic guidelines for stroke rehabilitation that would form the basis of a sound rehabilitation course in a patient who has had a stroke: a) Promote mobility: • exercises whose goal is to enable a patient develop in and out of bed mobility. • motor-skill type exercises - for muscle strength and coordination. • constraint-induced therapy - to use affected paralyzed musculature. • Range-of-motion therapy - to minimize contracture formation. b) promote ADL/self-care tasks: • engage in basic ADL task re-training. c) Promote speech, cognitive and emotional functioning: • Therapy sessions for speech, cognitive disorders (memory, processing, problem-solving) - including swallowing and eating. d) Manage spasticity e) Manage bowel/bladder dysfunction f) Manage conditions that increase risks of having further strokes g) Manage post stroke depression (can occur after one has had a stroke) • Monitor and treat. h) Manage post stroke pain • Monitor and treat central and peripheral pain as well. READ MORE
Multiple causes can precipitate knee pain: joint/bone issues, soft tissue disorders, bursitis, injuries, ligament tears, etc. Self-diagnosis, via google search, will help you. Seeing a right doctor will. The best thing to do is go see a doctor, preferably a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist (a doctor who specializes in bones, muscles, nerves, brain, spine issues). READ MORE
An entrapment type neuropathy. It can be either a distal entrapment mono-neuropathy like carpal tunnel syndrome, or a proximal nerve root entrapment, aka a radiculopathy. Go see a PM&R specialist specialist. READ MORE
Participating in walking and performing pelvic floor muscle exercises (for strengthening) are recommended after prostate surgery, i.e. Kegel exercises. READ MORE
A Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist. First call/ask if the specialist does musculoskeletal medicine--since PM&R specialists do a variety of muscle/joint/nerve/pain work. READ MORE
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a common condition that results in the loss of the normal range of motion in the affected shoulder. It can be painful, rigid and disabling. It generally affects women more than men (in the age group of 40 to 60). Left untreated, a frozen shoulder gets worse and ultimately results in the disability of the affected shoulder. You should see a physiatrist (a PM&R specialist) who can assist you in treatment and send you to the right therapist for continued care. READ MORE
Physiatrists are specially trained in the complex area of musculoskeletal issues; they have expertise related to issues and matters of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, rehabilitation and pain. Like any other specially, however, not all physiatrists treat back pain--since the specialty Of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is broad. Some physiatrists treat brain issues (like TBI non-surgically); some treat spine issues (like spinal cord injuries non-surgically), while others can treat neurological issues from carpal tunnel, neuropathy, spasticity to MS and Parkinson's disease. Overall, all physiatrists are trained to improve and/or restore function in a patient with painful syndromes, injury, illness, and disability. A physiatrist who treats back pain is highly trained in the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of the condition, including what physical or occupational therapy is required to provide the best outcome. So, seeing a physiatrist will ensure that you are getting treatment form a well trained specialist, who is also providing the best oversight to your rehab course. Seeing a physiatrist ensures that you will get holistic care in the treatment of your back pain. If holistic care is what you seek, then go see a physiatrist! A physiatrist who treats low back pain would have the expertise to do the following for you, if needed: a) NCS/EMG studies to assess what nerves have been affected in your disease process. b) Peripheral joint injections (in treatment) for any joints or parts co-existing or contributing to your overall back pain. . c) Trigger point injections for chronic myofascial (soft-tissue) pain associated with your back pain. d) Execution of modalities, such as heat, cold, manual manipulation (in the case of an osteopathic trained physiatrist), relative to treatment of your back pain. e) Execution of ultrasound guided injections, interventional spinal injections and other procedures, such as prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma injections, and autologous stem cell treatments (for those trained in these areas), relative to diagnosis and treatment of your back pain. f) Management of pain and associated conditions using various medications and narcotics - physiatrists that treat pain syndromes, of note, have expertise in pain medications and spasticity medications. READ MORE
You should see a doctor, specifically a physiatrist--a PM&R specialist--who treats pain syndromes, if the following scenarios arise: a) you develop worsening pain over a span of a few days b) you develop fever, chills, or malaise c) you develop bleeding, fluid drainage of any kind, warmth, redness or a wound of any kind d) you develop a mass or growth READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Patients' Choice Awards (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021) 2020 Vitals Patient Reviews
- Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020) 2020 Vitals Patient Reviews
- Top 10 Doctor - State (2014) 2014 Vitals Patient Reviews
- Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2020, 2018, 2017) 2017 Vitals Patient Reviews
- On-Time Doctor Award (2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015) 2020 Vitals Patient Reviews
- Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2020, 2018, 2017) 2020 Vitals Patient Reviews
- Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2020, 2018, 2017) 2020 Vitals Patient Reviews
- Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts 2021 The Royal Society of the Arts
- Kentucky Colonel 2021 Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Aerospace Medical Association
- Texas Medical Association
- Military Officers Association of America
- Society of USAF Flight Surgeons
- Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Healing Springs
- Uganda Missions - Child sponsorship program (1990)
Dr. Ivan Edwards D.O.'s Practice location
San Antonio, Texas 78258Get Direction
San Antonio, TX, TX 78238Get Direction
Dr. Ivan Edwards D.O.'s reviewsWrite Review
Patient Experience with Dr. Edwards
- How to Control Adult Acne
Acne is not only common among teens, it is also found in adults. Acne treatments prescribed for teens may not work the same for adults. This is a very common and frustrating problem for adults and is more likely to be seen in women than in men. Studies show that 35% of women and 15% of men between...
- Are You at Risk for Developing Gestational Diabetes?
Diabetes is a very complex condition, which may occur at any age, in any point of our lives, even during pregnancy.Gestational diabetes is a disease acquired by pregnant women who have high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. This condition is usually developed around the 24th week of pregnancy,...
- I had COVID-19, now what?
In a previous article I have written, I have explained certain measures to take when you get positive COVID-19 results. I understand that getting the news of a COVID-19 diagnosis can cause feelings of sadness. Upon talking with patients, I have heard about their sentiments. How they worry, how...
- What is Blepharitis?
What is Blepharitis?Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids, usually affecting both of the eyelids where eyelashes grow.The inflammation of the eyelids is often a chronic medical condition, which is very hard to treat. Blepharitis is a condition that does not affect vision. It is also not...
- What Is Stratum Corneum: Function and Structure
The stratum corneum is the outermost epidermal layer of the skin, which consists of dead cells called corneocytes. It is the major barrier of the skin when it comes to chemical transfers. The main purpose of the stratum corneum is to protect the underlying tissues by forming a barrier. The...
- Signs and Symptoms of Jock Itch
It is treatable and definitely curable. It is a condition that primarily affects men, but it can occur in women as well. It is an uncomfortable and deeply irritating itch in your groin that refuses to go away. Caused by a fungus, it leaves a painful wavy rash in its wake. These are the signs and...
- Dr. Stephanie N. Pearson M.D.9150 HUEBNER RD STE 290 SAN ANTONIO TX 78240
- Maulik P. Purohit4502 Medical Drive San Antonio TX 78229
- Dr. Joshua C. Hay MD4502 Medical Dr San Antonio TX 78229
- Dr. Nicolas Eugene Walsh M.D.7703 Floyd Curl Dr San Antonio TX 78229
- Dr. Ephraim K Brenman DO400 CONCORD PLAZA DR STE 300 SAN ANTONIO TX 78216
- Dr. Maureen R Nelson MD333 N SANTA ROSA SAN ANTONIO TX 78207