“There is much more to pain management than medications and injections. Pain management does not live as its own entity like most people think. Pain management is actually an integral piece of rehabilitation. So numbing the pain is not the answer, improving the pain to allow patients to do their daily functions is really the answer. And that’s what I do as a Physiatrist.”
Dr. Thomas S. Nasser is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), and highly-rated in Pain Management. He is currently the sole Pain Management physician making regular hospital and nursing home rounds in the Antelope Valley area.
An Osteopathic Doctor Taking a Comprehensive Approach
Dr. Nasser is specially-trained as a Physiatrist who treats injuries and illnesses, both of which have the potential to affect how you move, compromising activities of daily living. Treatment focuses on nerves, muscles, and bones. He’s also an expert at diagnosing and treating pain and/or dysfunction with the objective of restoring maximum health and quality of life to patients of all ages, whether they have difficulty functioning at home, at school, in the workplace, or during recreational activities.
One of Few Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Physicians
As one of only a few Physiatrists in the area, Dr. Nasser brings passion, energy, and a fresh approach to the treatment of:
- Brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation
- Post stroke rehabilitation
- Pain management
- Amputee care
- Orthopedic-musculoskeletal problems
- Sports medicine
- Work related injuries
- Neck & back pain
He focuses on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of the patient’s life back together after injury or disease, avoiding surgery whenever possible, providing the most conservative treatment possible.
Dr. Nasser is certified to perform a variety of procedures, including:
- Epidural Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Electro-diagnostics (EMG/NCVs)
- Botox for Treatment of Spasticity
- Pain Pumps, including replacements and revisions
- Facet Joint Injections
- Major Joint Injections
- Peripheral Nerve Blocks
- PRP/Stem Cell Injections
- Vertiflex Procedure for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain Control
- Minimally Invasive Implantable Pain Therapy
- Pain Pumps
- Spinal Cord Stimulator
Dr. Nasser utilizes a comprehensive approach — with the primary focus being the patient — to determine his diagnosis.
“The most important consideration is what the patient expresses/tells us — that’s essentially what we go off of,” Dr. Nasser says. But Dr. Nasser also takes into account what additional materials that shed light, such as labs, reports, electrodiagnostics, imaging studies, etc.
“We take care of people, not pictures.” ~ Dr. Nasser
Dr. Nasser then treats “the whole person” not just the symptoms. By evaluating the impact of a condition on the person as a whole (medically, socially, emotionally and vocationally), he helps his patients understand and take control of their health.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has classified the abuse of opioid medications as a public health epidemic. Dr. Nasser is a licensed provider of Suboxone, a prescription medication used to treat adults who are addicted to opioids. He is committed to doing his part to end this crisis, and will work with you and your loved ones to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for opioid addiction.
Where Do I Find an Osteopathic Physician Near Me?
Dr. Thomas S. Nasser is on staff at Antelope Valley Hospital, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, and Antelope Valley Surgical Institute (AVSI). He also sees patients at Wellsprings Post Acute Rehabilitation Center, Antelope Valley Care Center, and Lancaster Healthcare Center in Lancaster, California. Dr. Nasser is the Medical Director at Palmdale Regional Acute Rehab Unit & The Ellison John Transitional Care Center. He is also director & cofounder of Embassy Surgery Center in Lancaster, a new state of the art facility where he will be performing outpatient procedures.
Doctor of Osteopathic with Reliable Background and Credentials
He graduated from medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. He then traveled to Toledo, Ohio, to complete his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Medical College of Ohio, where he served as Chief Resident.
He is currently a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) where he is also a Diplomate and Fellow, and the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AOCPMR).
Dr. Nasser was born in Yonkers, New York, and raised in Southern California. When he isn’t with patients, he takes pleasure in boating, skateboarding, fishing, and basketball. He’s an avid Lakers fan. He also enjoys playing drums and hiking.