Our physicians are Board Certified specialists dedicated to the provision of quality health care in the form of evaluation and management of complex health conditions, pain control, and wellness promotion. Our physicians believe in an integrated approach to health care involving both the patient and the provider in the individualized plan of care.
Our physicians have expertise in the evaluation and treatment of back and neck pain, nerve injury, and neuropathic pain utilizing a variety of diagnostic tools to determine the origin of the patient’s individual pain condition and the most effective manner of treatment. We provide a variety of pain control techniques best tailored to address the individual pain condition.
What is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician?
A physiatrist, or rehabilitation physician, is a medical doctor who has also completed residency training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). This physician is a nerve, muscle, bone and brain expert who diagnoses and treats injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Specifically, rehabilitation physicians:
The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease – without surgery.
Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.
Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. By taking the whole body into account, they are able to accurately pinpoint problems and enhance performance – without surgery. Consider seeing a rehabilitation physician if:
What is a Neurologist?
A neurologist is a physician specializing in the study of the brain and nervous system. Stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, and movement disorders are some of the more common subspecialties within the field of neurology.
Neurology and Pain: For more about pain as a neurological disorder please see the website of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s “Pain: Hope Through Research”
Other common neurologic disorders include:
Treatment for Neuropathy
Most neuropathies are due to compression of a nerve (a pinched nerve). Other causes include hereditary conditions, trauma, diabetes, and kidney disease. By thoroughly examining a patient, a clinical suspicion of the cause may be deduced (the diagnosis) and this may usually be proven by performing simple blood tests and electrodiagnostic studies. Electrodiagnostic studies usually include nerve conduction studies and electromyography which directly study nerve and muscle function and allow the neurologist to determine more accurately the precise nature of the condition afflicting the patient. When this is secured, treatment directed specifically for the disorder is instituted. Treatment may include a variety of medications, physical or occupational therapy, splinting, or surgery, depending on the cause of the neuropathy. Enrollment in therapeutic drug trials is also available for specific conditions.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a disorder which affects the nerves in the body. Nerves are electrical cables which transmit information from the body to the brain and from the brain to the body. They are present throughout the body. When nerves are not functioning normally, for whatever reason, the condition is referred to as neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include weakness, muscle cramps, muscle twitching, pain, numbness of the feet or hands, burning, and tingling. These symptoms are usually present in the feet or hands but may occur anywhere in the body.