Dr. Heidi Prather is an Attending Physiatrist at Hospital for Special Surgery. She specializes in sports medicine and the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of spine and hip disorders and conditions.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in biology and chemistry from Drury College, she received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following medical school, she completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Prather has authored many peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and book chapters teaches and lectures nationally on topics related to the sports, spine, and musculoskeletal medicine. Her clinical and research interests include the lifestyle medicine approach to care for musculoskeletal conditions with a special interest in gender differences, pre-arthritic hip disorders and their relationship to pelvic girdle and lumbar spine disorders.
Dr. Prather served as Professor, Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Founder and Division Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri from 1998-2020. Dr. Prather also served as the Outpatient Medical Director of the Joint and Spine Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Founder of the Living Well Center. Dr. Prather co-founded the Sports Medicine Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and served as Co-Director of the NASS recognized Spine and Intervention Fellowship.
Dr. Prather is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. She is also a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She has been an Oral Board Examiner and Written Board Examination-item writer and self-examination assessment writer for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a founding Senior Editor for the journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PM&R. She has served as President of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation and North American Spine Society.
Attending Physiatrist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Fluroscopic-guided, peripheral joint and spine injections
Ultrasound-guided joint and soft tissue procedures
American Top Doctors 2001-2020
Best Doctors in America 2001-2020
Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Washington University School of Medicine, 2006-2019
American Foundation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2018
PASSOR Legacy Award Foundation American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2017
Distinguished Career Achievement Alumni Award Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, 2015
Distinguished Member Award American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2014
Clinical Physician Teacher of the Year, Medical Student Class of 2013 Washington University School of Medicine, 2012
PM&R Best Original Research Award
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University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1991
Presbyterian St Luke's Medical Center, 1992
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Prather H, Press JM, Young JL. Physical medicine and rehabilitation and approaches to pain management. In: Essentials of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia. Benzon HT, Raja RN, Molloy RE, Borsook D, Molloy RE, Strichartz G (eds) Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia, 1999.
Prather H. Pelvis and Hip injuries in the female athlete. In: Women's Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Swedan, N (eds) Aspen Publishers, Maryland, 2001, p. 35-43.
Prather H, Stanos SP, Press JM, Young JL. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Approaches to Pain Management. In: Second Edition of Essentials of Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia. Benson HT, Raja RN, Molloy RE, Liu SS, Fishman SM. (eds) Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia, 2005, 1999, p. 197-202.
Prather H, Metzler J. Gymnastics and Spine Injuries In ( eds) Lennard TA, Crabtree HM. Spine in Sports. Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, 2005. pp. 165-184.
Prather H, Skaggs CD. Sacroiliac Joint Rehabilitation and Manipulation In (eds) Slipman C, Simeone F, Derby R. Interventional Spine: an algorithmic approach. Elsevier Ltd.Sacroiliac joint evaluation and treatment. 2006.
Prather H, Hunt D. Sacroiliac Joint Problems. In (eds) Guanch C. Hip and Pelvic Injuries in Sports Medicine. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkens, Philadelphia. 2010. pp. 200-206.
Prather H, Hunt D. Hip Labral Injury. In (eds) Micheo W. Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine: Musculoskeletal, Sport and Occupational Medicine. Demos Medical Publishing, New York. 2011. pp. 98-100.
Prather H, Hunt D. Sacroiliac Joint Pain. In (eds) Micheo W. Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine: Musculoskeletal, Sport and Occupational Medicine. Demos Medical Publishing, New York. 2011. pp. 197-199.
Prather H, Zierenberg A, Hunt D. In (eds) Berry DJ, Lieberman JR.Barry's Surgery of the Hip. Soft Tissue Pathology: Bursal, Tendon, and Muscle Diseases. Chapter 39. Elsevier Publishing, New York. 2013.
Prather H, Hunt D. Pelvis, Hip and Thigh Injuries and Conditions. In. (eds) Harrast M, Finnoff JT. Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards. Musculoskeletal Injuries and Conditions. Chapter 24. Demos Medical Publishing, New York. 2012. pp. 263-275.
Brophy RH, Prather H. Differential Diagnosis of Groin Pain in Athletes. In: Diduch DR and Brunt LM, eds. Sports Hernia and Athletic Pubalgia. New York: Springer, 2014, pp. 23-30.
Prather H, Moley P, Hunt D, Rho M. Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Pain Associated with Femoroacetabular Impingement. In (eds) Herring SA, Concannon L. Sports Medicine Rehabilitation. SpringerLink Publishing. Oct 2014.
Cheng AL, Fogarty AE, Calfee RP, Salter A, Colditz GA, Prather H. Differences in Self- Reported Physical and Behavioral Health in Musculoskeletal Patients Based on Physician Gender. PM R. 2020 Aug 9. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12468. Online ahead of print PMID: 32772508
Cheng A, Schwabe M, Doering M, Colditz G, Prather H. The effect of psychological impairment on outcomes in patients with pre-arthritic hip disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2019 Dec 12:363546519883246. doi: 10.1177/0363546519883246. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31829034
Prather H, Van Dillen L. The links between the hip and the lumbar spine (hip spine syndrome) as they relate to clinical decision making in caring for patients with lumbopelvic pain. PM R. 2019 Aug; 11 Suppl 1:S64-S72. PMID: 31074168
Prather H, Decker G, Bonnette M, Simpson, S, Hunt, D, Sahrmann S, Cheng A Nepple J. Hip Radiograph findings in patients aged 40 and under with posterior pelvic pain. PM R. 2019 Aug;11 Suppl 1:S46-S53. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12180. Epub 2019 Jul 25. PMID: 31059595
Cheng, A, Calfee,R, Colditz, G, Prather, H. PROMIS Physical and Emotional Health scores are worse in musculoskeletal patients presenting to physiatrists than to other orthopedic specialists. PM R. 2019 Jun;11(6):604- 612. PMID: 30609319
Cheng A, Merlo JA, Hunt D, Yemm T, Brophy R, Prather, H. Are hip physical examination findings predictive of future lower body injury rates in elite adolescent female soccer athletes at minimum 5-year follow-up. J Sport Rehabil. 2019 Apr 29:1-26. PMID: 31034343
Prather H, Cheng A, May KS, Maheshwari V, VanDillen L. Hip and lumbar spine physical examination findings in people presenting with low back pain with and without lower extremity pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.2017 Mar;47(3):163-172. PMID: 28158964
Prather H, Cheng A, Steger-May K, Maheshwari V, VanDillen L. Association of Hip Radiograph Findings with Pain and Function in Patients Presenting with Low Back Pain. PM R. 2018 Jan;10(1):11-18. PMID: 28629805
Prather H, Creighton A, Sorenson C, Simpson S, Reese M, Hunt D, Rho M. Anxiety and Insomnia in Young and Middle-Aged Adult Hip Pain Patients With and Without Femoroacetabular Impingement and Developmental Hip Dysplasia. PM R. 2018 May;10(5):455-461. PMID: 29111466
Prather H, Hunt D, Rho M, Yemm T, Fong K, Brophy RH. Abnormal hip physical examination findings in asymptomatic female soccer athletes. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Jul;23(7):2106-14. PMID: 24150125
Proper Non-operative Care – The Final Word 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain Antwerp Belgium October 2019
Hip radiograph findings in young, middle aged and older adults undergoing image guided sacroiliac joint injections for posterior pelvic pain 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain Antwerp Belgium October 2019
Coordinating Care for Spine Patients with Co-Morbidities Annual Assembly of the North American Spine Society Los Angeles, California September 2018
Non-operative Care for Sacroiliac Joint Pain Annual Assembly of the North American Spine Society Los Angeles, Californiaa September 2018
Women in Medicine, Integration in Medical Associations Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting Atlanta, Georgia February 2018
Inflammation and Motor Control As It Relates to Spine Pain Pulling It Together For Clinicians Annual Assembly of the North American Spine Society Orlando, Florida October 2017
The Hip/Spine Connection: Gender Considerations and Management Speaker Annual Assembly of the North American Spine Society Orlando, Florida October 2017
PASSOR Legacy Lecturer Making Progress in Building the Three Legged Stool: Where Our Field is Going Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Denver, Colorado October 2017
Anatomy and Innervation of the Sacroiliac Joint Speaker Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Denver, Colorado October 2017
Is It The Hip? Keynote speaker Patients come first: exploring optimal care The McKenzie Institute International In cooperation with NASS San Francisco, California September 2017
Pre-arthritic hip disorders including femeroacetabular impingement and hip dysplasia
The interrelationship between hip and spine disorders (AKA hip-spine syndrome)
Posterior Pelvic girdle disorders ( AKA sacroiliac joint) and their relationship to the hip and spine
Sex & Gender Differences in Sports Injury
The Impact of Lifestyle regarding spine and musculoskeletal health