Heidi Prather

Heidi Prather, DO

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Chief of Section in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PM&R Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director

Director of Orthopaedic Spine Center

Phone Icon

(314) 514-3500

Dr. Prather's clinical interests include the conservative management of all musculoskeletal conditions with a special interest in young adult hip, spine, female athletes, and women’s health. This includes pregnancy related problems and other physiological changes such as osteoporosis, as they occur throughout the life cycle. Dr. Prather is a team member of the Medical Program for Performing Artists, focusing on musculoskeletal disorders for artists.

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Knee, ankle and foot disorders
  • Shoulder disorders
  • Spine disorders, fractures related to osteoporosis

Common Procedures

  • Electromyography (>300/year)
  • Lumbar spine and peripheral joint injections under fluoroscopic guidance (>800/yr)

Clinical Office Locations

  • Washington University Orthopedics / Chesterfield

    14532 S. Outer Forty Drive

    Chesterfield, MO 63017

  • St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center

    13001 N Outer Forty Rd., Suite 1C

    Town and Country, MO 63017

  • Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

    Barnes Jewish Hospital

    4921 Parkview Place

    St Louis, MO 63110

  • Center for Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

    Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

    4921 Parkview Place

    St Louis, MO 63110

Hospital Affiliations

  • Washington University Orthopedics & Barnes-Jewish Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Center
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

Reviewed Journal Articles

Invited Publications

  • Geraci MA, Alleva JT, Prather H. Manipulation under anesthesia. Phys Med Rehabil Clinics of North America. Stanton D, Mein EA.(eds) 1996:7:4; 897-913.
  • Prather H, Margherita A. Psychology and Exercise in the Female. In Women in Sports and Exercise. Moore LC (ed). Symposium of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons June 1999:439-449.
  • Prather H. Pelvis and sacral dysfunction in sports and exercise. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am 2000 Nov;11(4):805-836.
  • Prather H. Sacroiliac joint pain. SpineLine July/August 2000: 6-13.
  • Prather H, Hunt D. Sacroiliac Joint Pain. Disease-a-Month, December 2004; 50: 670-683
  • Abstracts

  • Frank L, Prather H, Ito V. Rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury sustained during pregnancy. Arch Phys Med Rehab 1993;74:1281.
  • Prather H, Young JL. Shoulder pain – wheelchair racer. Med Sci in Sports & Exercise 1995;27:S157.
  • Prather H, Sullivan WJ, Willick SE, Press JM. Previous history of head injury reported by school – aged athletes at sports participation physicals. Med Sci in Sports & Exercise 1998;30:S157.
  • Akuthota V, Willick SE, Prather H. Posterior knee pain in a runner. Med Sci in Sports & Exercise 1999;31:S291.
  • Devney J, Khader S, Prather H. Thoracic outlet syndrome involving vascular and neurogenic components in a professional violinist. Arch Phys Med and Rehab 2000;76:S1230.
  • Fotopoulos CL, Prather H, Clohisy J. “Groin Pain in a Wrestler” Medicine and Science In Sports and Exercise. May 2004, Volume 36, Number 5. Pg. S105-S106. Presented at the ACSM June 2004.
  • Fetzer GB, Prather H, Gelberman RH, Clohisy JC. Progressive peroneal nerve palsy in a varus arthritic knee. A case report. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004 Jul;86-A(7): 1538-40.
    PMID: 15252107
  • Skaggs CD, Prather H, Gross G, Dean D, Nelson DM. Documentation and Classification of Musculoskeletal Pain in Pregnancy. Research Agenda Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada 2004.
  • Skaggs CD, Gross G, Ducar D, Thompson PA, Nelson DM. A Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Management Program Reduces Pain and Disability in Pregnancy. 5th Interdisciplinary World Congress On Low Back and Pelvic Pain. Melbourne, Australia 2004.
  • Skaggs CD, Prather H, Gross G, Thompson PA, Nelson DM. Back and Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy: Implications of a Negative Impact on Quality of Life. 5th Interdisciplinary World Congress On Low Back and Pelvic Pain. Melbourne, Australia 2004.
  • Burnett RS, Della Rocca GJ, Prather H, Curry M, Maloney WJ, Clohisy JC. Clinical Presentation of Patients with Tears of Acetabular Labrum. AAOS, March 2006.
  • Clohisy JC, Hunt D, Prather H. Early, Symptomatic Acetabular Dysplasia: Are we making the Diagnosis? Mid-America Orthopaedic Association. Boca Raton, Florida, April 2007.
  • Prather H, Hunt D, Hinkle S, Clohisy JC. Early Intra-articular Hip Pathology Presenting With Posterior Pelvic and Groin Pain. Interdisciplinary Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain. Barcelona, Spain, November 2007.
  • Nunley R, Hunt D, Prather H, Shoenecker P, Clohisy J. Early, Symtomatic Acetabular Dysplasia: Are we making the diagnosis? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, California, February 2008.
  • Clohisy J; Hunt D; Hinkle S; Schoenecker P; Prather H, Young Adults with Hip Disorders have Disease-specific Alterations in Step Activity. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, California
  • Carlisle JC, Zebala L, Shia D, Hunt D, Morgan P, Prather H, Wright RW, Clohisy JC. Intraobserver and interobserver reliability in the assessment of plain radiographs in the adult hip. Poster Presentation, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, 26th Annual Meeting, Championsgate, FL, April 16-20, 2008.
  • Hunt D, Prather H, Clohisy J, Harris MH. What is the Efficacy of Non-operative Treatment for Early, Intra-articular Hip Disease? Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, 26th Annual Meeting, Championsgate, FL, April 16-20, 2008
  • Lynnette Khoo-Summers, MSPT; Devyani Hunt, MD; Heidi Prather, DO; Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, Hip lateral rotation and first position: to measure in prone or not to measure in prone, that is the question. International Association of Dance Medicine, October 2008, Cleveland, OH
  • Lynnette Khoo-Summers, MSPT; Devyani Hunt, MD; Heidi Prather, DO; Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, Measurement of tibiofemoral rotation and the relationship of tibiofemoral rotation to first position turnout. International Association of Dance Medicine, October 2008, Cleveland, OH.
  • Nunley RM, Hunt D, Prather H, Shoenecker P, Clohisy JC. Symptomatic Acetabular Dysplasia in the Young Adult: Are we making the diagnosis? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2009 Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Book Chapters

  • 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. Musculoskeletal evaluation for pelvic pain. In: Female Pelvic Pain. Carlin B, Leong FC (eds) Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 2002, p. 241-262.
  • 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 N, 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 Pain. In (eds) Guanch C and Meyers W. Hip and Pelvic Injuries in Sports Medicine. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkens, Philadelphia. In press February 2009.
  • 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. In press January 2009.
  • 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. In press January 2009.

Research Interests

Pregnancy and musculoskeletal problems; Sacroiliac joint dysfunction; Low back pain and radiculopathy; Young adult hip disorders.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Prather's clinical interests include the conservative management of all musculoskeletal conditions with a special interest in young adult hip, spine, female athletes, and women’s health. This includes pregnancy related problems and other physiological changes such as osteoporosis, as they occur throughout the life cycle. Dr. Prather is a team member of the Medical Program for Performing Artists, focusing on musculoskeletal disorders for artists.

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sports Medicine

Medical Degree

  • University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine

Residency

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Northwestern University Medical School

Honors and Awards:

  • 2008 Distinguished Clinician Award at Washington University School of Medicine
  • 2007 Bernard L. Maas Visiting Lecturer at Sinai-Grace Hospital Department of PM&R, Wayne State
  • American Top Doctors 2001 to 2009
  • Best Doctors 2001-present; Excellence in Teaching Award in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery-Washington University School of Medicine 2002, 2004, 2006
  • Scott Nadler Teaching Award- Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation 2006
  • Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Lectureship Award-American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2005
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation Grant Award 2001
  • Attending Physician Teacher of the Year, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 1998; Falk Research Scholarship, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 1997

Committees:

  • 2014 - President, North American Spine Society
  • 2012-2014 - Vice President, North American Spine Society
  • 2008-Present - Secretary, Member of Executive Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2008 - Co-Chair, Sports Medicine Board Review Course, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2008-Present - Member Nominating Committee, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2008-Present - Chair, Nominating Committee, Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2008-Present - Member, Exercise Task Force, North American Spine Society
  • 2007-2009 - Member, Clinical Guidelines Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2007-2008 - Chair, Task Force, Financial Reserves, Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2007-2008 - Board Member, Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2006-2007 - President, Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2006-Present - Guidelines Committee, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2006-Present - Board Member, North American Spine Specialist
  • 2006 - Chair Awards Committee, Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2005-2008 - Member at Large Board Member, North American Spine Specialist
  • 2005-2006 - Vice President, Physiatric Association Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2004 - Nominating Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2004-2006 - Research Committee, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2003-2008 - Evidence-based Guideline Development Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2003-2005 - Member at Large Board Member, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2003-2006 - Research Committee, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2003-2004 - Awards Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2003-Present - Research Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2003-Present - Program Committee, Program Chair, 2006, North American Spine Society
  • 2002-Present - Advocacy Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2002-2006 - Continuing Medical Education Committee, North American Spine Society
  • 2002-2003 - Awards Committee, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2002-2003 - Awards Committee, Physiatric Association Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • 2001-Present - Oral Board Examiner, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2001-Present - Self-Assessment Examination Question Author, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 2000 - Program Director, Annual Meeting, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation, San Francisco, California
  • 1999-Present - Central Regional Representative Council Member, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation
Save

Make an Appointment

Dr. Prather’s Office Locations

Washington University Orthopedics – Chesterfield

14532 S. Outer Forty Drive

Chesterfield, MO 63017

St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center

13001 N Outer Forty Rd., Suite 1C

Town and Country, MO 63017

Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

Barnes Jewish Hospital

4921 Parkview Place

St Louis, MO 63110

Center for Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM)

4921 Parkview Place

St Louis, MO 63110

Disclaimer

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has no control over third-party websites and does not review such websites. The university disclaims any responsibility for the content of third-party websites and the use of any information on these sites.