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Meet Dr. Phillip Steele 

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Our next Member of the Week feature takes us to Helena, Montana to meet Dr. Phillip Steele of Performance Injury Care & Sports Medicine, which he founded in 2007. 

Dr. Steele is Board Certified in Family Practice and completed an extra year of fellowship training to compete and become certified in sports medicine. In addition, he credentialed in RMSK (Registered Musculoskeletal Ultrasound) and is one of the top musculoskeletal ultrasound experts in the country. He has spoken at numerous medical conferences and is considered as one of the leading national and international experts on the evaluation and treatment of the brachial and cervical plexus using high resolution ultrasound. He has chosen to specialize in non-operative sports medicine and IROM (interventional regenerative orthopedic medicine) to provide many regenerative techniques. 

Since his Sports Medicine fellowship, Dr. Steele has worked with the U.S. Ski team, traveling overseas for event coverage for the Nordic Combined and Cross Country Ski Teams. He was an athlete physician at Soldier Hollow Nordic venue during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and he has worked as a Team Physician for University of Wyoming athletics.

During his eight years in Wyoming, Dr. Steele was integral in developing coaches’ sports medicine education programs for the high school athletes, and he developed a special passion for the education and management of concussion in sports. Since moving to Montana, Dr. Steele has served on the High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and is actively promoting athletic safety for kids in Montana. Also, Dr. Steele has served on the Governor’s task force Montana Youth Concussion Advisory Panel.

Q&A with Dr. Steele

IOF: Tell us about your experience treating nerve entrapments. 

Dr. Steele: As a sports medicine physician, I never really thought of myself as a nerve entrapment specialist.  More than 10 years ago, I heard a presentation on ultrasound evaluation of nerve entrapments that has led to my passion of identifying the cervical and brachial plexus with ultrasound.  With the advent of regenerative medicine, we can now treat and help patients with nerve entrapments to the neck, shoulder and scapula giving them new hope.

IOF:  How has IOF impacted you the most? 

Dr. Steele: I really appreciate the opportunity to network with other providers after hours and during dinner at the annual conference. Talking about different approaches to patients and practice management with providers that have similar practices to mine is a huge bonus of IOF membership.  The conference is always fantastic but being in an environment with other providers that have a focus on orthobiologics is critical to my practice’s success. I alway come back from the IOF conference with new ideas and treatment options.   

IOF: Of what are you most proud of?  

Dr. Steele: I’ve spent many years focused on the brachial and cervical plexus, along with scapular issues.  The opportunity to present my work and lead workshops to my peers has been quite an honor.  

IOF: What do you treat most frequently with regenerative medicine?

Dr. Steele: As my practice is very focused on nerve entrapments to the neck and scapula, the most common regenerative procedure is to the brachial plexus, shoulder and scapula region.