A Passion for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

An Arizona native, Lata Kumaraswamy, DO, enjoys sharing family time in the many outdoor activities the state offers, including tennis, golf, and hiking. She also is eager to share the many benefits her chosen field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Physiatry, provides her patients.

Known as “Dr. K,” she focuses on physiatry’s emphasis of nonsurgical treatment for musculoskeletal pain and is trained in electro diagnosis. “I’m a firm believer that proper medical care involves a strong relationship between patient and physician,” Dr. K explains. “I take pride in spending time with patients, learning how a particular diagnosis can affect each life.”

That philosophy is the product of Dr. K’s experience and training. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, she received a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also completed the residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan State University, where she was Co-Chief Resident.

Dr. K has dual board certifications in Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine and joined Southwest Spine & Sports in 2011, after completing a Fellowship there in Musculoskeletal & Spine Medicine.

Osteopathic Medicine focuses on a “whole person” approach of treating patients. The point is to minimize use of medications and incorporate healthy and active lifestyle choices, according to Dr. K, who often advocates use of cutting edge alternative treatments.

An expert in designing unique, comprehensive, and patient-centered treatment plans for musculoskeletal injuries or conditions, Dr. K also is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). She continues to focus on nonsurgical strategies that enable patients to improve pain relief and regain normal functions.

Physiatry enables Dr. K to both diagnose and take part in patients’ path to recovery. “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation seeks nonsurgical treatment methods first,” she explains. “That provides the time and opportunity for my patients to heal and grow stronger.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kumaraswamyclick here or call us today at (480) 860-8998.