Dr. Joel S. Saal

Dr. Saal completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York in 1975. Dr. Joel Saal then went on to receive his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his training in Internal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in San Francisco in both internship and residency programs in 1983. He then completed a residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford University in 1986. Dr. Saal is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. Saal is a partner in the Physiatry Medical Group practice at SOAR in Redwood City, California, and serves as a Team Physician for Men’s and Women’s Athletics at Santa Clara University, and a consultant to the San Francisco Forty Niners Football Team. Dr. Saal is a former Associate Clinical Professor for the Department of Functional Restoration at Stanford University.

Dr. Joel Saal, along with his brother Dr. Jeffrey A. Saal, co-developed the IDET technology and procedure for treating painful degenerative discs.

Dr. Joel Saal’s clinical work and research have been an important influence in both national and international circles on the practice of spinal medicine. He has been a principal author in numerous original research publications regarding the role of inflammation and pain in lumbar disc disease and the non-surgical treatment of painful spine disorders. His work has played a pivotal role in changing the approach to the treatment and understanding of painful lumbar spine disorders. Their original research has been presented at spine conferences all over the world.

Dr. Saal is a member of the North American Spine Society and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of that organization. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a founding board member of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR). Dr. Saal has been an invited lecturer at the annual meetings of the Federation of Spine Associations, the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.