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Physiatry

If chronic pain is impacting your life, our board-certified physiatrists can help.

What is Physiatry?

Physiatrists (also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians) specialize in non-surgical care for conditions – particularly neuromuscular (nerve, muscle, and bone) disorders – that cause pain and impair normal, everyday functions. Along with their standard medical training, many physiatrists also pursue additional training in one or more of the following subspecialties: musculoskeletal rehabilitation, pediatrics, spinal cord injury, sports medicine, traumatic brain injury, and pain medicine.

Should I See a Physiatrist?

Physiatrists not only have a keen understanding of how the body works and the medical issues at play, but also understand how these medical issues can affect a patient’s mobility, mood, and quality of life. Physiatrists aim to rehabilitate the whole person, addressing their physical, emotional & medical needs.

After performing a comprehensive examination of the musculoskeletal system, looking at detailed medical history, and performing standard diagnostic procedures, physiatrists have particular expertise in using specialized diagnostic tools for detecting bone, muscle, and nerve damage. To develop a complete diagnosis, the physiatrist also will evaluate whether a patient has other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and how that may be contributing to the patient’s primary condition.

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