Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation):
Advanced non-surgical care tailored to your needs
Physiatry, also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), is a recognized medical specialty certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) -- as are neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pain management and many other specialties. Physiatrists are board-certified physicians who have been specially trained to diagnose, treat and direct rehabilitation plans for the relief of:
- Acute, chronic & complex pain
- Sports injuries & pain
- Spine pain & problems
- Musculoskeletal & rheumatologic pain
- Myofascial & neuropathic pain
- Nerve impingement
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Repetitive-motion disorders, including work-related pain and conditions
The goal of physiatry is to treat and, to every extent possible, prevent pain while enhancing function -- all through nonsurgical methods. Many patients benefit most from a combination of therapies tailored to fit their individual needs. Through collaboration with our other specialty practitioners, we offer a broad range of care. Our PM&R programs are especially affective for people with arthritis or muscle & joint disorders, and for patients recovering from sports injuries, stroke or cancer treatment.
Through comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment programs, physiatry can help you increase your ability to manage your body's reaction to pain -- potentially decreasing the need for medications to manage pain. We also use a variety of diagnostic techniques, including spine imaging, and electrodiagnostic techniques such as electromyography (EMG), to identify the exact nature and extent of the pain source.
For more information about conditions treated by physiatrists, visit the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation @ AAPMR.org.
To learn more about our specific PM&R services, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 203-755-6677 or request an appointment online.