What is a Physiatrist?

A Physiatrist is a doctor with expertise in a variety of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders.  In addition to evaluating and treating peripheral nerve and muscle disorders, sports and musculoskeletal injuries, strokes and other conditions, physiatrists perform diagnostic tests, particularly EMG/NCV studies and musculoskeletal ultrasounds.  In addition to working closely with primary care and specialty doctors, we also work extensively with physical, occupational and speech therapists as well as prosthetists and orthotists(artificial limb and brace makers).

Physiatrists are doctors (MD or DO degree) who attend standard medical schooling, then train in at least one year of internship and three additional years of specialty training.  Physiatrists receive formal orthopedic, rheumatologic, musculoskeletal and neurologic training to care for patients both as inpatient and outpatient.  Physiatrists are not physical therapists, podiatrists, or psychiatrists!

We treat a variety of conditions including but not limited to:

  • Sports and work related injuries
  • Repetitive use disorders (e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Acute and chronic back and neck pain
  • Muscle and nerve diseases (e.g. peripheral neuropathy)
  • Stroke, spinal cord injuries, resultant spasticity

We work with therapists, primary care doctors, surgeons and other specialists.