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    Norman Banks

    Norman L. Banks, M.D., M.S.


    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

     
    (Board Certified)
    Accepting new patients


    Palo Alto Center
    795 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, California 94301
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    (650) 853-2990 
    Redwood City Center
    805 Veterans Boulevard,
    Suite 201
    Redwood City, California 94063
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    (650) 853-2990 
     

    Medical Affiliation(s)


    Education & Training

    Medical education:
    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2002
    Internship:
    Harbor-UCLA, General Surgery, 2002-2003
    Residency:
    UCLA-West L.A. VA, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, 2004-2007
    Special training:
    Master's degree from UCLA in physiological science

    Department

    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    Additional Information

    Sports related injury management, pain management (particularly with interventions such as injections, therapies, medical applications of Botox), Electomyography and nerve conduction studies. Dr. Banks is an adjunct professor of anatomy at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Physical Therapy and Biokinesiology.

    Spoken Languages

    Primary:
    English

    Community Activities

    American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Society of Interventional Spine

    Personal Interests

    Dr. Banks enjoys most sports and is an avid Lakers and 49ers fan. He also enjoys jazz and traveling. He recently had his first book chapter published in the Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehab.

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    Philosophy of Care

    My goal is to maximize the function of my patients from a sports prospective or everyday living prospective, depending on the patient's needs. I do this through the use of medications, injections, exercise (such as Pilates, Yoga, etc.), therapy, acupuncture or chiropractic interventions (I don't actually perform acupuncture or chiropractic interventions).

    I perform multiple non-surgical interventions to address acute and chronic pain issues related to back and neck problems, such as disc hernations. In this regard, my goal is to bridge the gap between non-aggressive conservative management and surgical intervention. Through the use procedures such as X-ray guided steroid injections to various regions of the back and neck, I attempt to achieve this goal.

    I also perform multiple interventions to address joint and muscle problems throughout the body. My goal here is to bridge the gap between conservative management and surgical interventions. I perform steroid injections to most joints of the body (shoulders, knees and hips are my favorite joints to inject). I also perform various injections to nerves, tendons and muscles. With regard to muscles, I perform both steroid and Botox injections, as indicated.

    Lastly, I perform diagnostic tests with electromyography and nerve conduction studies for a variety of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve compression related syndromes.





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