Why a Physiatrist?
Physiatrists are specialists who are exceptional in diagnosing and treating problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system. They perform thorough histories and physical examinations and find the source of your pain or impairment, even when standard diagnostic tests do not precisely define the impairment. In addition, physiatrists can direct your treatment team. If you require any other services, such as those of a physical therapist or other medical specialist, your physiatrist supervises, coordinates and collaborates with your other health care professionals. The result is a custom designed treatment program tailored to meet your goals.
Most importantly, physiatrists treat the whole patient, not just symptoms. They share medical knowledge and help patients understand their condition. They provide the tools and resources to achieve independence. A variety of treatment methods may be utilized to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. A comprehensive approach decreases down time and cost as well as the opportunity for recurrence. Physiatrists add quality to the lives of millions of patients each year. The result is staying in the game, not on the sidelines.
A physiatrist may treat patients directly, lead a multi-disciplinary team or act as a consultant. Because physiatrists offer an aggressive, non-surgical approach to injury, these specialists are an excellent choice for time effective treatment and triage. Physiatrists treat all disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and coordinate the multi-disciplinary team for the rehabilitation process.