help you restore function
and maximize performance
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.
- Are medical doctors who help people move
- Focus on non-surgical care and rehabilitation
- Look at the whole person, not just the symptom, including biological, psychological and social issues
- Emphasize a team approach
- Are expert diagnosticians
- Collaborate with other team providers to promote patient health and prevent future injury
- May work either in a in-patient (hospital) or out-patient (office) setting
Physiatrists treat patients for many issues, including
- Sports injuries
- Back, neck, hip, knee pain
- Joint and muscle pain
- Neurologic disorders
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle stiffness
- Walking problems