About Dr. Jed Downs at Madison Manual Medicine and Osteopathy | Madison Manual Medicine

Dr. Jed Downs Madison ostepathyAbout Madison Manual Medicine

Jed (John E) Downs, MD, MPH

  • University of Minnesota Medical School – graduated 1984
  • Internal Medicine Residency – Hennepin County Medical Center 1984-1987
  • Occupational Residency – Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health 1987-1989
  • Board Certified in Occupational Medicine 1991, recertified 2010
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine 1989
  • Masters in Public Health – Environmental Health – University of Minnesota
  • Student of Osteopathy, Canadian College of Osteopathy, Toronto
  • 5 month sabbatical in osteopathic techniques in 2001
  • 25 continuing education courses in osteopathy starting in 1995

I began my professional career working as an occupational medicine physician.  Soon after beginning in practice in 1989 I realized I had not been adequately prepared by medical school or my internal and occupational residency programs to understand all the back and neck pain I was seeing as a result of work related injuries and overuse.  I recognized that some physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians understood aspects of back pain better than I did and that some chiropractors understood aspects of back pain better than I did. For the next 5 years I read the standard medical approaches for understanding back pain and was still dissatisfied with what I had to offer people who were coming to me for insight and help.  I also focused on advancing my knowledge base in other areas of occupational medicine, e.g. ergonomics and toxicology, causation and other medical legal issues.  In 1995 I discovered that Michigan State University offered classes in continuing medical education featuring osteopathic manual medicine for M.D.’s (allopathic physicians), dentists, physical therapists, as well as osteopathic physicians.  I completed all but one of the courses offered there.  I was granted a Bush Foundation Fellowship for mid-career rejuvenation which partially funded a 6 month sabbatical in 2001-2002 during which time I apprenticed myself to one of the MSU clinical professors  for 5 months and spent one month studying chronic pain issues at a Minneapolis Chronic Pain Program.

I subsequently continued working in occupational medicine, but integrated my osteopathic knowledge into management and treatment of patients.  I spent a short period working part time in a multidisciplinary chronic pain program. Working in a multi specialty clinic with production expectations was not a good fit for applying what I was learning.

 In further pursuit of osteopathic skills I then began taking courses through the IAHP, primarily through the Barral institute.  Those courses have included visceral mobilization courses, neural mobilization courses, and global joint mobilization courses.  I also took a series of courses in a Mechanical Link curriculum which were beneficial in terms of really learning superficial anatomic land marks for visceral and arterial localization.  These courses have been taught by European osteopaths teaching in the U.S.

I worked in private practice Duluth, MN for 5 ½ years in a practice which used osteopathic techniques in managing both chronic pain patients and patients with more global injuries such as serious work related accidents, e.g. falling off scaffolding, trench collapse, or acute injuries such as those suffered from motor vehicle accidents.  I also have an alternative approach to sport related injuries especially those that tend to be recurrent or long lasting, yet not requiring surgical intervention.  I remain competitive in Nordic skiing, and continue to bike and row.  In my youth I played football, basketball, tennis, and threw the discus.  As a young adult I competed in triathlons.

My pursuit of expertise is not yet over.  Beginning in August of 2011 I enrolled as a student at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario.  That course of study will continue for the next 5 years.  My decision to move to Madison was made with my wife as we sought to be closer to her family and I sought to work with an open minded progressive community.  I look forward to meeting and serving the population of Madison and the surrounding areas

Madison Manual Medicine
2940 Chapel Valley Rd #1b FitchburgWI53711 USA 
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