Who is a Physiatrist?
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, Physiatrists, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders.
Examples of the various conditions that are evaluated and treated include the following:
- Sports injuries
- Work injuries (evaluation and treatment as well as Independent Medical Evaluation).
- Personal injury such as motor vehicle accident
- Arthritis care/joint disorders
- Spine disorders (neck and lower back)
Non-surgical treatment can include performing a variety of injections, prescribing appropriate medications, ordering a specific physical therapy program, performing electrodiagnostic testing (EMG-Nerve condition study) to diagnose nerve and muscle disorders.
Many of the procedures performed include, but are not limited to:
- Trigger point injections
- Epidural steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Facet injections (for spine pain)
- Various joint injections (such as shoulder, elbow, hip, sacroiliac, and knee)
- Viscosupplementation injections to the knee
- Radio frequency ablation (RFA)
- Occipital nerve blocks
(Many of these injections are performed using fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance when indicated)