Newest addition to the clinical team focuses on helping patients with low back pain

Dr. Orrin Mann participating in one of his favorite outdoor activities.

The Rehabilitation Medicine Department recently welcomed Orrin Mann, MD, MPH, FACOEM, to the PM&R Clinical Service Unit. He joined the Medical Spine team and is providing care at the M Health Fairview Clinics and Surgery Center in Maple Grove, MN.

Dr. Mann received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed a Master’s in Public Health in Occupational Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed a residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and is Board Certified in Occupational, Environmental and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Mann is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Prior to joining the department, he culminated 26 years at Multicare Associates of the Twin Cities as a Partner in and the Medical Director of the Occupational Medicine Department. More recently, Dr. Mann worked in Occupational Medicine at Summit Orthopedics and in Medical Spine at Physicians' Diagnostics and Rehabilitation, both in the Twin Cities.

His clinical interests include low back and neck pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and pelvic joint pain. “Many people who visit me in clinic for low back pain show me that their pain is actually in the pelvis at the sacroiliac joint, a few inches to the side of their spine,” he said. “Pelvic joint issues are often mischaracterized as low back pain.”

Orrin Mann, MD, MPH, FACOEMDr. Mann (pictured here) loves being able to figure out problems and help people who have gone through interventions, surgeries, or injections and have found no relief. “It’s especially important in the acute setting when patients can barely walk and are miserable,” he said. “You do an adjustment, and they are often astonished at the instant pain relief. There are very few things in medicine that immediately turn people around. It’s very rewarding to provide a solution for a debilitating condition that gives a patient’s life back.” 

Treating people with low back pain can also be humbling. “There are so many pain generators,” he said. “I learn something new every day when working with the patient’s history, physical, and test results to determine what kind of treatment would be best. I have also found that focusing on one patient at a time helps me understand their problems better.”

In his free time, Dr. Mann enjoys family time, piano, tennis, golfing, biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, being in nature, and traveling.

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