News Release

November 2, 2009

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

New England Musculoskeletal Institute Adds Physiatrist

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Dr. Joseph Walker III, a physiatrist, has joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery within the University of Connecticut Health Center’s New England Musculoskeletal Institute.

Physiatrists specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Walker’s areas of interest include non-operative management of neck and back pain, including the use of interventional spine techniques to relieve pain. He also performs electrodiagnositic testing to evaluate injured nerves. He is seeing patients, by referral, in the Comprehensive Spine Center.

Walker completed a both a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a fellowship in pain medicine at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital. While at Harvard he also trained in structural acupuncture. Walker earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine internship at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

He is a resident of West Hartford.

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Caption: Dr. Joseph Walker III, a physiatrist, is seeing patients at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute at the UConn Health Center.

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