Carl D Brinkman, PA, is a Physician Assistant specializing in Pain Management. With three offices in Piedmont, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, patients can choose the United Physician Group locations nearest them. Mr. Brinkman sees patients at the South Carolina offices.
He received his Master of physician assistant studies from the University of the Cumberlands after receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic.
Before becoming a physician assistant, Mr. Brinkman owned and operated his chiropractic practice. With a desire to expand his scope of medicine, he decided to embark in a new direction by enrolling in physician assistant school.
His chiropractic and clinical background set him apart. His clinical experience and owning his own office for five years have helped him tune in on where a patient’s pain is coming from and how to treat the whole patient better.
As a PA, he previously worked in both orthopedics and sports medicine. Pain management, he says, brings with it a particular brand of satisfaction. He feels it’s rewarding to help people who many other doctors have turned down.
According to Mr. Brinkman, a pain management provider’s job is to look at the patient’s issue holistically. In doing so, the provider can choose the best intervention from various options, including spinal cord stimulators, steroid injections, and peripheral nerve stimulators.
“Figuring out the cause and finding a solution other than medication is the most important thing pain management providers can do now,” he says. The pain management professionals at United Physician Group operate as a team. They collaborate and try to find the best solution possible for the situation.
Today he puts his physician assistant degree to use by focusing on Pain Management at United Physician Group. His most immense joy comes from allowing a patient to realize medication isn’t the only answer to pain management.
Outside of caring for his patients, Mr. Brinkman enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He is also an avid golfer.