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)
  • Tendonitis/Bursitis

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)