There is a little known muscle known as the psoas. You pronounce it “SO-as.” It’s surprising how so few people have ever heard of this muscle due to the fact that it is so vital to all movements. Almost all activities and sports that you participate in require the recruitment of your psoas muscles.
Joe Samuel, MD
- Family Medicine
Areas of Expertise
- Sports Medicine
- Non-Surgical Orthopedics
Dr. Joe Samuel is a non-operative Orthopedic physician, board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Born and raised in middle Georgia, he played soccer and also ran track and cross-country for his local high school. He completed a Bachelors degree in Botany from the University of Georgia. During his tenure at UGA, he also became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. He initially started a Masters program in Physical Therapy, but felt a calling to pursue medicine and completed medical school at Kasturba Medical College.
He completed a Family Medicine residency program at the University of Tennessee, where he was also Chief Resident. He won the “Gregory C. Mitchell, M.D.” award for outstanding performance by a first year resident, and also the “Doctor of the Year” award in his residency program.
Following residency, he was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee where he taught medical students while he worked in an outpatient setting.
He subsequently completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where he trained in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions, such as non-operative fracture management, therapeutic ultrasound-guided joint injections, diagnostic ultrasound, and routine joint injections. While in Kansas City, he provided medical coverage for football games and training room for the local high school and UMKC collegiate sports, such as women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and men’s soccer. He also was the team physician for the UMKC Women’s and Men’s basketball teams for the WAC Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, NV.
He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and he recently delivered a poster presentation at the AMSSM national conference.
He has volunteered his time at numerous mass-participation events, serving as a physician in the medical tent for the IRONMAN World Championship (Kona, Hawaii), USAA Volleyball tournament (Kansas City, MO), IRONMAN Triathlon (Austin, TX), IRONMAN Triathlon (Lousville, KY), Memphis in May Triathlon (Memphis, TN), and Rock ‘n” Roll-Music City Marathon (Nashville, TN), to name a few.
Dr. Samuel loves the great outdoors, and enjoys hiking, biking, running, lifting weights and any other activity that doesn’t involve sitting under fluorescent lights at the office. If he had it his way, clinic would be held outside while appreciating and enjoying nature, specifically trying to identify various plant species while reminiscing in his college botany studies!