Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the non-surgical treatment and management of nerve, muscle, and bone disorders.

These doctors treat the entire patient, not just their “problem areas”. Physiatrists are the type of doctor that will not only treat existing injuries or diseases, but will also place a strong emphasis on the prevention of further disorders from occurring.

Physiatrists often diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions including (but not limited to):

• Spinal Cord Damage
• Work Related Injuries
• Stroke • Severe Burns
• Sports Injuries
• Arthritis
• Tendonitis
• Brain Injury
• Osteoporosis

The goal of a physiatrist is to enhance physical performance, and decrease pain without the use of surgery. They provide a thorough evaluation of a patient’s medical history, and perform a physical examination, which often can include neurological tests and imaging studies, to pinpoint the exact source of the disorder. A Physiatrist can then design an individual treatment plan that may include working with a team of other healthcare professionals or doctors, including physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists or athletic trainers.

Physiatrists can treat patients in a variety of settings such as hospitals, private practice, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics.

To practice physiatry in the United States, one must complete four years of medical school, followed by a one year internship, and a four year residency. This training emphasizes the focus of a patient as a whole person, and even the physical and psychological disabilities that may remain after treatment. Physiatrists also learn how to use a comprehensive approach to give a patient control over his or her life, and restore the function that has been lost due to injury or illness.

A physiatrist seeks to understand their patients by diagnosing and treating a wide range of patients who present with many different types of disabilities or injuries, which in many instances are the result of other conditions that affect other parts of the body. Some patients may have issues that are caused by trauma to the head or spinal cord injuries.

As a D.O. Physiatrist, your doctor’s goal is always to assist you in achieving the best result and best recovery possible. In many instances, a comprehensive approach to treatment that may even integrate treatments with acupuncture or pain management options often proves to be the most successful.

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