“'Oh, CrossFit, that must keep you in business.' And I say, you know what actually keeps me in business? People who are usually overweight, unhealthy, and don’t move. That’s actually what keeps us all in business as physicians. It’s not the CrossFitters that are keeping me in business. And, another thing that I usually say with that, too, is that… Yeah- okay, you have a rotator cuff problem or a herniated disc. And not that those are insignificant, but those are problems of fitness. And I’d much rather deal with a problem of fitness than a problem of sickness." - Dr. Amy West
Dr. Amy West is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist, also known as a physiatrist. This little-known specialty treats a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the nervous and skeletal systems by focusing treatment on addressing root causes and restoring function.
Dr. West is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. During her time in medical school, she also earned her Master’s of Education with an emphasis on video technology and medical education.
As a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and active participant in the CrossFit Health movement, Dr. West sees many parallels between the medicine she practices in the clinic and the CrossFit methodology she sees practiced in affiliates.
I was excited to chat with Dr. West at the Winter Classic to learn more about how physiatry can be used to bridge the gap from acute sickness to wellness, and to hear how she explains her pro-CrossFit viewpoint to critics.
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