What is a Physiatrist?

Physiatry, or physical medicine and rehabilitation, is a branch of medicine recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This relatively new field emphasizes prevention, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of injuries or ailments that may affect movement. Physiatry focuses on healing the whole patient, not just one part. It’s often called “the quality of life profession.”

A physiatrist (also called a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician) may work with a team of healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care for each individual patient. The main goal is to restore function after a traumatic injury or event, like a stroke. Surgery is such a big undertaking both physically and mentally. Of course, some conditions do require surgery, but for most spine-related injuries, physiatry offers a less-invasive, conservative approach to treatment, often with less rehabilitation time. Often, physiatry treatment entails a combination of multiple therapies, like medications, physical therapy, injections and other procedures.

My passion is interventional spine treatments and recovery. I specialize in non-surgical techniques to relieve pain and avoid surgery in some cases. Some of the most common spine injuries I see include:

  • Disk Herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal Stenosis

By working together with our team, we can provide a treatment plan to keep you as active as possible at any age.

To learn more or to make an appointment, call (402) 637-0800.

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