Jared A. Morris, DO

Dr. Jared A. Morris brings osteopathic and manipulation skills to his role of family-medicine physician at Tanner Clinic Roy.

The physician frequently uses manipulation as part of his care for patients concerned with back, neck and shoulder pain. He also sees patients for all aspects of primary care.

Dr. Morris, a native of Fruit Heights, Utah, graduated from Weber State University with a B.S. in integrated studies emphasizing zoology.

He earned his D.O. from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was noted for his excellence as a physical diagnosis teaching assistant. He returned to Ogden, Utah, to complete the McKay-Dee Porter Family Medicine Residency.

The board-certified doctor has volunteered as a physician for the Ogden Marathon, the Midtown Community Health Center in Clearfield and the Ogden Rescue Mission; he’s also served as team physician at Roy High.

Dr. Morris is married with two children. He enjoys bike riding, camping, racquetball, traveling and snow skiing. On weekends, you’ll find him creating gourmet dishes for his family.

What patients are saying about Dr. Morris

“Dr. Morris calls me to tell me what my thyroid levels are and any other kind of test ever done. Tanner Clinic makes me feel like I’m not just another patient!”   —  Facebook, Feb. 11, 2014

“My son has been in to Dr. Morris more times than we care to count for sports injuries. We have appreciated his understanding of how important athletics are to us, while being careful to make sure that my son didn’t further injure himself.”   —  Candice on Google+, Dec. 6, 2013

My Aching Back! Doctor Uses Adjustments to Help Ease the Pain

The patient was a mechanic by trade, accustomed to lifting heavy items throughout the day. But when he came in to see Dr. Jared Morris, his back was tired, sore and having muscle spasms. On the weekend, he’d spent Saturday gardening and, on Sunday, vacuuming for his wife.

The patient’s backache, said Dr. Morris, a family physician at Tanner Clinic Layton, was a matter of “everything lining up at the right time at the right moment.”

“On the weekend, he just did more,” said Dr. Morris. “He was a little more tired than usual. And then on Sunday, the twist with the vacuum was enough to make his back ache.”

Dr. Morris sees patients like this mechanic everyday. Maybe they lost a game of weekend football, or they sat in an off-kilter chair too long. More commonly, they just jerked their neck at an odd angle when they got out of bed.

Because Dr. Morris is a D.O — an osteopathic physician — his medical training included learning how to manipulate backs, necks, shoulders. D.O.s have the same training as an M.D., but with an extra dimension — additional training in our bodies’ interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. Instead of treating for a specific symptoms, D.O.s regard the body as an integrated whole.

Dr. Morris’ patient, the mechanic, left the doctor’s office with some muscle relaxers and a realigned back. The doctor’s tools also include physical therapy, anti- inflammatories, reconditioning and physical adjustments — he’s basically a medical doctor who can do all a chiropractor does and more.

Here’s a look at some of the symptoms that Dr. Morris sees frequently:

▸ Achy, painful backs and necks:

Lifting or twisting incorrectly can result in a misalignment of the lumbar or thoracic spine, said Dr. Morris. A good remedy for this is a back adjustment. Often it’s a one-time adjustment because the pain has flared suddenly and needs resolving immediately. The physician also has patients who return regularly for adjustments.

There are times an adjustment can’t be done because the muscles are too bound-up and painful. “If the patients are not super tight and in a lot of pain, I’ll try to adjust them in the clinic. If they’re too tight and I don’t get much movement or release, we’ll prescribe muscle relaxers and have them come back in a few days for an adjustment,” he said.

▸ Musculoskeletal chest pain:

Dr. Morris has seen this kind of chronic pain associated with auto accidents, falls, violent fits of coughing and shoveling snow. Often what’s causing the pain is a partially subluxated rib that’s “just out of place,” he said.

Coughing too much can cause a rib to come out of place, he said, as can being forced against the seatbelt or airbag in a crash. Lifting and twisting can impact a rib, as well as twisting an ankle. He adds, “If you twist your left ankle you usually get a partially subluxated rib on the right side, or vice versa.”

▸ Knees:

Dr. Morris works through the more common issues with knees, such as osteoarthritis. He also sees a lot of people with patellofemoral pain, better known as runner’s knee. Indeed, prior to the Ogden Marathon each year, “I see a lot of people with lower extremity pain such as plantar fasciitis or knee pain,” he said.

Among these patients are those who have meniscal (knee cap) damage from earlier falls or injuries. If he can’t resolve the issue, he refers the patient to an orthopedic surgeon.

▸ Shoulders and elbows:

Dr. Morris uses physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, injections and reconditioning to treat tennis elbow and shoulder pain.

“Sometimes weekend warriors will fall and now have tendinitis of the shoulder or a ruptured shoulder,” he said. If his treatments result in no improvement, he refers the patient to the Orthopedics Center.


New Moms Easy Target for a Round of Gamer's Thumb

New mothers hoisting heavy baby carriers may notice their thumbs and wrists hurt. It’s not just them. In fact, this condition is so common that it has a name, de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, as well as a lot of nicknames — gamer’s thumb, Blackberry thumb and washerwoman’s sprain. But it’s most commonly known as mother’s thumb.

“It usually happens with moms who have newborns because they’re doing a lot of lifting with their thumbs in an extended position,” said Dr. Jared Morris, a family physician at Tanner Clinic Layton. “They’ve got the 5-pound carrier and their 15-pound kid, and they’re picking up and setting it down all the time.”

Dr. Morris has also seen younger people with the disorder who text a lot or spend hours playing games on PlayStation or XBox. Women are 10 times more likely to have the condition than men.

The cause of the pain is inflammation in the muscles and tendons that travel through the wrist and to the base of the thumb. “You’ll have numbness and tingling through the hand, maybe even some weakness,” he said. Pain can extend from the base of the thumb up through the forearm.

Young moms come in to see Dr. Morris thinking they have a wrist sprain. “They’ll say, ‘My hand’s been aching for a couple of months now, and I can’t make it go away,’ ” he said.

Dr. Morris prescribes exercises and stretches. And he often prescribes a splint — ThumbSpica, for instance — to wear for three to four weeks. Then, he said, “I have mom work on modifying how she lifts the child — with the thumb in instead of with the thumb extended.”

The disease can be present on both hands but not necessarily the dominant hand. “It tends to be the one you use to lift the kids with most,” he said.

— Tanner Clinic staff