What Is a Physiatrist?
What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, also known as Physiatrists, practice a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life. The focus of these specialists is to treat a broad scope of condtions across the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal and neurologic issues. Included in their focus is the diagnosis and treatment of chronic or acute spinal disorders, neck, back & joint problems, sports injuries & chronic pain management.

Collaboratively Finding the Least Invasive / Most Effective Treatments

Physiatrists regularly work collaboratively with primary care providers, internists, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors & other medical professionals. Expertise in designing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans across multiple medical disciplines is a major part of the physiatry specialty. They strive to find the least invasive and most effective treatments possible.

Causes Can Vary Greatly / Physiatrists Use a Broad Range of Knowledge

Back- and spine-related pain, orthopedic injuries, disabilities, and chronic pain can degrade our ability to function at both work and play and diminish our quality of life. The causes of these and related conditions can vary greatly.

Determining the appropriate therapies for each individual suffering from any of these conditions can be a complicated process. The field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation addresses this challenge. The doctors and practitioners at Main Line Spine are Physiatry specialists, and they use a broad range of knowledge, including musculoskeletal, neurological, rheumatological, and exercise physiology.

Physiatrists Consider a Wide Range of Options for Treatment

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors and practitioners consider a diverse array of options to treat these conditions. This can range from physical therapy to injection-based treatments, alternative treatments, medications, neuromodulation therapies, regenerative medicine and orthobiologics, interventional spine procedures and sports medicine.

Main Line Spine’s board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors are dedicated to pinpointing the optimal noninvasive or minimally invasive therapies that will maximize each patient’s function and quality of life. If surgery is ultimately determined to be the best way to proceed, a Main Line Spine Physiatrist will refer to an appropriate specialist. But Main Line Spine Physical & Rehabilitation doctors are typically able to develop individualized solutions that only require office visits or minimally invasive procedures at our surgery center.

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