A Brief History
MD Vs. DO
Both are fully licensed medical doctors with virtually identical training. The distinction is that a DO studies osteopathic medicine, which is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes the relationship between structure and function in the body.
Acute vs. Chronic
Acute injuries are the result of a specific event, like trauma from an injury. Chronic injuries persist over time, and may be a standalone condition or may result as a complication of an acute injury.
What do physiatrists treat?
In addition to their training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, many physiatrists also have additional specializations.
Specialty in both chronic and acute injuries and disorders of the bone and soft tissue of the back and neck.
Specialty in various pain treatment methods, including injections.
Specialty in athletic injuries and recovery.
Specialty in treating cerebral injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and strokes.
Spinal Cord Injury:
Specialty in acute injuries to the nerves of the spinal column, including paralysis.
Specialty in children’s medicine, particularly as it relates to trauma and rehabilitation.
What Sets Physiatrist Apart from Other Doctors?
A physiatrist focuses on treating the whole body, not just one joint, organ or illness. This helps better pinpoint and treat the root causes of pain and improves recovery.
Pain is as personal as every patient. A physiatrist works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your body, your abilities and your desired outcomes.
The Team Approach
A physiatrist collaborates with a variety of medical and rehabilitative specialists—and works closely with your primary care physician—to create a truly holistic treatment plan for your specific injury or condition.
A physiatrist makes every attempt to use less-invasive treatments as an alternative to the risk of surgery. However, if your injury does requires surgical treatment, seeing a physiatrist before and after can dramatically accelerate your recovery.
This is the primary objective of a physiatrist. In fact, through a personalized treatment plan, many patients realize better outcomes than traditional treatments—like improved function, quality of life and mobility.
Reasons to see a physiatrist
Because they focus on holistic treatment, a physiatrist can help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Minimally invasive treatments help you get back on your feet faster.
Physiatry treatments are generally less expensive and are covered by most medical insurance plans.
Fewer Risks & Complications
A physiatrist can help you avoid the risks of surgery or limit the complications afterward.
How Can a Physiatrist Help Treat Your Pain?
Spine & Back
IT band syndrome
Physiatry – a faster to recover and heal