Physical medicine and rehabilitation is often referred to as physiatry. Physiatry is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders, particularly those of the neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, which may produce temporary or permanent impairment.
Reducing pain and improving function
Our physiatrists are nerve, muscle, spine and brain experts who treat injury or illness without surgery to decrease pain and restore function. The role of the physiatrist is to provide medical care to patients with pain, weakness, numbness and loss of function, so that they can maximize their physical, psychological, social and vocational potential.
Their broad expertise and training enable them to treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries—from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation—throughout your lifetime. Physical rehabilitation doctors treat you, not just your symptoms. They take the time to understand your ailments and explain treatments you can do for yourself and with medical specialists.
Services and treatments
Our physiatrists provide the following services and treatments:
- Treatment for muscular and skeletal problems
- Ultrasound-assisted joint injections and nerve blocks
- Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic pain
- Therapeutic exercise training
- Prescribing assistive devices such as braces or artificial limbs
- Care for neurological and orthopedic conditions
- Imaging and nerve conduction studies
- Pain prevention strategies
- Treatment coordination