What is Physiatry or Physical Medicine?

Physiatry, also known as physical medicine, is a branch of medicine that is dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of all types of disabilities related to the brain, nerves, bones and muscles. Physiatry takes a holistic, multi-faceted approach to care that focuses on how a patient’s medical condition affects every aspect of their life, including their role in the workplace, home and everyday activities. Physiatry combines physical therapy and pain treatments to help patients avoid surgery. The goal of physiatry is to maximize physical functioning, greatly decrease or eliminate pain, foster independence, and improve the quality of life for those suffering with a disability, chronic pain and physical impairments.

Chiropractor practicing physiatry or physical medicine on patient

Fun Fact

Physiatrists study and significantly focus on how joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves interact.

What is the role of the physiatry at Advanced Spine & Posture?

We focus on the “whole person”, taking into account all aspects of a patient’s life that may be affected by their disability or chronic pain. The goal of treatment is to help patients live a more functional, pain-free life without necessarily having to undergo surgery. After diagnosing a patient, we will create a specialized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Our medical providers work closely with other types of physicians, physical therapists and chiropractors.

What are the most common medical conditions treated?

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    Back pain
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    Neck pain
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    Brain injuries
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    Neuromuscular disorders
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    Sports injuries
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    Spinal cord injuries
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    Carpal tunnel
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    Herniated disc
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    Pinched nerve in the neck or back
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    Work injuries
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How do you know when to seek Physiatry care at Advanced Spine & Posture?

You should seek treatment if:

  • You have experienced an injury that causes pain and/or impedes physical functioning.
  • You have an illness, disability, or experienced treatment for an illness that has left you with limited physical functioning and pain.
  • You are experiencing chronic back pain, neck pain, pain from a repetitive stress injury, or chronic pain from arthritis.
  • You have experienced a stroke or other nerve damage that limits physical functioning.
  • You are recovering from surgery.
  • You are contemplating surgery as a means to diminish chronic pain.

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