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Regaining your strength and mobility after a serious illness, injury or surgery.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Regaining your strength and mobility after serious illness, injury or surgery may require the services of a physiatrist. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating, and treating patients with physical disabilities. These disabilities may arise from conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, such as: 

  • Sports/work-related injuries
  • Painful conditions affecting the limbs (example: carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Neck and back pain
  • Pain in the extremities 
  • Amputations and amputation related complications
  • Gait abnormalities/difficulty walking
  • Muscle injury
  • Joint injury
  • Nerve injury
  • Wheelchair evaluations
  • Spasticity and related complications
Physiatry can also aid in the treatment and recovery for those with disabilities resulting from neurological trauma or disease such as:
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Nerve disorders
  • Muscle disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy

Conservative Treatment Options

Our physical medicine and rehabilitation team offers many conservative treatment options that can help you regain movement and decrease pain. Some of these procedures include:

  • Botox injections for treatment of migraines, dystonia and spasticity
  • Bracing (orthotics and prosthetics)
  • EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Joint injections
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Trigger point injections
  • Physical therapy/occupational therapy

When Should I See a Physiatrist?

You should plan to see a physiatrist if:

  • You experienced an injury causing pain and/or pain impedes your daily life
  • You have limited physical function and pain after an illness or disability
  • You are experiencing chronic back pain, neck pain, pain from a repetitive stress injury, or chronic pain from arthritis
  • You have had a stroke or other nerve damage, limiting your daily physical activity
  • You are recovering from surgery
  • You are contemplating surgery as a means to diminish chronic pain

What to Expect

We know you probably have questions regarding your condition and are here to help. Below are some frequently asked questions we receive, however we encourage you to contact our office with any specific questions you may have.

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