What Is a Physiatrist?
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
What is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)? What
does a physiatrist do and what conditions do they treat? Our department
of physiatry at Washington Township Medical Foundation provides treatment
for patients experiencing conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.
Physiatrists treat patients with conditions that affect the:
- Spinal cord
Some physiatrists specialize in various sub-specialties such as spinal
cord medicine, sports medicine, brain injury medicine, and pediatric rehabilitation.
Physiatrists treat patients of both genders and every age, and focus on
functionality. Their wide-ranging experience and ability enable them to
diagnose and assess a wide range of injuries and conditions that cause
Focused on Whole Patient Care
Physiatrists work to develop unique treatment plans based on the needs
of patients. PM&R doctors can be part of a multi-disciplinary team
that includes primary care physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, internists,
neurologists, and others. They may also lead a team that includes physician
extenders and physical therapists and / or occupational therapists. Physiatrists
work to treat their patients as a whole, rather than simply focusing on
one problem area.
Treatments Physiatrists Use
PM&R physicians may use a wide-range of treatments to help their patients,
including but not limited to the following:
- Fluoroscopy guided procedures
- Spine injections
- Ultrasound guided procedures
- Nerve conduction
- Joint injections
- Discography, vertebroplasy / kyphoplasty, and disc decompression
- Treatments for spasticity
- Nerve blocks, nerve stimulators, and ablation
- Prosthetics / orthotics
- Manual medicine / osteopathic care
- Nerve biopsy / muscle biopsy
- Assessing impairment / disability
- Medicolegal consultations
Our team at Washington Township Medical Foundation is committed to a model
of whole-patient, integrated care. We work to develop unique plans centered
on our patient’s individual needs. Schedule an appointment with
a Fremont physiatrist from our team.