In a nutshell, Physiatrists specialize in restoring movement and function without surgery. They are specialized, board certified physicians: muscle, nerve, and joint experts who treat problems that affect how you move. They strive to maximize your performance no matter what your age or circumstances, using innovative non-surgical techniques.
Physiatrists are experts in diagnosing and treating various joint problems, back and neck pain, leg pain, weakness, and numbness. They get specialized training in: nerve and muscle function, physical exam techniques, biomechanics, gait analysis, bracing and prosthetics, and pain management.
In the 1940’s, The American Board of Medical Specialties acknowledged Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as a unique specialty, filling the gap between orthopaedics, neurology, and general medicine. Today, the benefits of Physiatry, with their focus on function and non-surgical care, are fueling strong demand from the very frail to the very athletic.