Joel Baumgartner, MD

Joel Baumgartner, MD, is a national leader in non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Baugmgartner only uses the latest innovative diagnosis tools to treat musculoskeletal injury and pain. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, He then completed his family practice residency at the University of North Dakota, followed by an advanced training in sports medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Everyone’s Sports Medicine Team

Dr. Baumgartner often spends time lecturing to other physicians and professionals worldwide. He often teaches and discusses the latest theories and evidence-based treatments for pain evaluation and diagnosis. His quest to prevent and treat pain from a holistic and theory based approach puts Dr. Baumgartner at the forefront of his industry. Specializing in non-surgical orthopedic and sports medicine, Rejuv Medical treats any new or old injuries, muscle aches and pains, and a variety of muscle, joint, or arthritis-related issues. At Rejuv Medical, our skilled team maintains a high level of personalized care and attention using state-of-the-art technology to care for patients. Rejuv Medical offers each client a comprehensive approach and the access to pro-athlete training and healing resources. Sports medicine uses a non-surgical approach to treat and promote healing of acute or chronic muscle, bone, joint, ligament or tendon injuries. Sports medicine helps patients – from adolescents to older adults – regain loss of function, minimize pain and disability, and incorporate fitness and wellness into their daily lives. A Sports medicine physician has the advanced training and medical expertise to help someone develop the skills needed to address an injury and move forward to a quick recovery.

Sports Medicine – For Athletes & Non-Athletes

Whether you are a competitive athlete with a recurring condition, a weekend warrior suffering a sudden injury, or a fitness enthusiast who endures chronic pain,  Rejuv Medical’s advanced Sports medicine department can help!

The Sports Medicine System of Care

Sports Medicine at Rejuv Medical is led by Joel Baumgartner, MD.  Dr. Baumgartner is a  board-certified physician licensed in both family and sports medicine. Along with physical therapists and athletic trainers, Dr. Baumgartner works to help people become and stay healthy. The comprehensive system of care, offered under his direction,  includes direct access to physical rehabilitation and medically supervised weight loss programs. Should surgical intervention be required, Dr. Baumgartner will coordinate care with the appropriate orthopedic specialists.

Other Orthopedic & Pain Injections

We also offer other injections for pain and arthritic conditions, including:

Nerve Blocks

A nerve block is an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection targeted toward a certain nerve or group of nerves with the intent to treat pain. The purpose of the injection is to “turn off” a pain signal coming from a specific location in the body. Imaging guidance using ultrasound technology can be used to help the doctor place a needle in the precise location.  We at Rejuv Medical believe that being precise means that our patients will receive the maximum benefit from the injection. What are some common uses of the procedure? People who suffer from either acute or chronic pain might have a nerve block injection to achieve temporary pain relief. For the most part, this pain originates from the spine. However,  other areas commonly impacted include the neck, buttocks, legs and arms.  Chronic headaches can also be broken with nerve specific block treatments.  Delivering a nerve block injection allows a damaged nerve the time needed to heal itself from a state of constant irritation.  By performing a nerve block treatment and then monitoring how the patient responds to the injection, Rejuv Medical can truly assess the benefit of a nerve block treatment as well as the extent of an injury.

Trigger Point Injections

A trigger point is an irritable, painful, taut muscle band or palpable knot in a muscle that can cause localized pain or referred pain.  Referred pain from trigger points can mimic pinched nerves in the neck or lower back.  They can occur from direct muscle injuries, poor posture, repetitive strain or secondarily from spine conditions such as a herniated disc. What are Trigger point Injections? Trigger point injections are injections of local anesthetic (numbing) medication, saline and/or cortisone. The basis for a trigger point injection is to relax the area of an intense muscle spasm.  By relaxing the muscle spasm, blood flow to the area is improved, thus allowing the washout of irritating metabolites.  Trigger point injections are an important part of treating myofascial pain syndrome and, in some cases, fibromyalgia.

Botox for Migraine Headaches

New studies show that treatment with BOTOX® can reduce the severity of migraine attacks, lead to fewer days using abortive/rescue medications, and reduce episodes of vomiting.  This is achieved through relaxation (using Botox®) of the head and neck muscles that frequently trigger migraine attacks.

Lubricating Join Injections

Hyaluronan (also called hyaluronic acid) is a substance in normal joint fluid that lubricates the joint, much like oil lubricates engine components.  The knee continuously produces its own hyaluronan.  In osteoarthritis, there is a decrease in the amount of hyaluronan in the joint fluid. Also, the hyaluronan molecules break down, becoming less effective at lubricating the joint. How do they work? The injections are thought to work by helping the knee normalize the hyaluronan in the joint fluid.  The injections may  also reduce inflammatory cells in the knee and reduce nerve impulses that cause pain. Hyaluronan injections are very safe.  The chances of a significant adverse reaction (severe knee swelling, hypersensitivity reaction) are about 3 out of a 1000.  This is much lower than the risk associated with gastrointestinal problems with taking anti-inflammatory medications.

FAQs

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used for the repair of chronic degenerative joints, ligaments and tendon injuries. This new technology is backed by research and is changing the way we treat injury, pain and aging.  Conditions treated include; chronic overuse injuries to the ankles, knee and shoulders; arthritic joints, chronic back and spine arthritis and pain, and degenerative disc disease. In addition, these specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee ligament tears, shin splints, partial thickness rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and IT band syndrome may all be effectively treated using PRP. PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets.  The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process resulting in new collagen formation.  PRP is often combined with ultrasound to guide the injections to the specific pathologic tissue or joint.

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, or ligament reconstructive therapy, is a safe,non-surgical treatment for chronic pain, injury and arthritis. Common problems treated with Prolotherapy include joint arthritis, TMJ dysfunction, chronic neck and back pain, shoulder injuries, Fibromyalgia, injuries to the wrists, elbows, knees and ankles, and whiplash-type motor vehicle accident injuries. Prolotherapy targets the joint, ligaments and tendons that are weakened and stretched out from injury or aging. This stimulation of the body’s healing mechanism helps to restore strength and integrity to the damaged area.  The procedure involves injecting a solution into the damaged joint, ligament or tendon.  This stimulates the body and starts the healing process.  With Prolotherapy, the pain is NOT covered up. The injury and source of the pain is healed.

What is a musculoskeletal ultrasound?

An ultrasound possesses unique real-time capability permits examination and diagnosis during movement. It also allows for guidance of needles during treatment. The exquisite resolution created by state-of-the-art scanners and high-frequency transducers makes musculoskeletal ultrasound a powerful tool when diagnosing an injury. Rejuv Medical utilizes the ultrasound tool without the need for x-ray exposure or MRI. If needed, we also use it for needle guidance to treat injured tissue or joints during a procedure.

What sports medicine services do you provide?

Some services include:

  • Fitness assessment and exercise prescription for the healthy and those with chronic disease
  • Evaluation, treatment and prevention of sudden and chronic injuries
  • Rehabilitation with our physical therapists, which offers the attest in rehabilitation services and equipment
  • Same-day injury evaluation
  • Screening physicals for athletes or anyone who wants to start an active lifestyle
  • General  medical care of athletes and non-athletes
  • Education and counseling on healthy lifestyle options with our onsite dietitian and physician
What conditions do you treat?
  • Sports Injuries and fractures
  • Chronic Pain
  • Overuse injuries (tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tendonosis and stress fractures)
  • Acute injuries (sprains, muscle strains, joint injuries, and fractures)
  • Trigger point injections for pain control
  • Arthritis treatment and bracing
  • Nerve blocks for pain control
  • Workers comp and Auto Injuries
  • Unstable and loose joints
  • Headache treatments
  • Back and Neck pain
  • Concussion care
  • Sports psychology issues
  • Strength training and conditioning
  • Pre-participation physical examination
  • Active patients with chronic or acute illness
  • Exercise, healthy lifestyle promotion and weight loss
  • Nutrition, supplements, and performance counseling
  • Coordinating care with other members of the orthopedic team
What pain, injury & orthopedic treatments do you use?

Specializing in non-surgical orthopedic and sports medicine, we treat any new or old injuries, aches and pains, muscle, joint or arthritis issues.  At Rejuv Medical, we maintain a high level of personalized care and attention using state-of-the-art technology to care for patients of all ages and activity levels.  We also focus on promoting lifelong fitness, wellness, and encouraging the prevention of illness and injury. Whether an elite competitor, the “weekend warrior”, the non-athlete, the aging, or those injured in accidents or trauma-Rejuv Medical utilizes the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to get the patient back to full function as quickly as possible.  Approximately 90% of injuries do not require surgery and can be effectively treated at Rejuv Medical.