A physiatrist, or physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, specializes in the nonsurgical management of spine and musculoskeletal pain, including back, neck, hip, knee, shoulder, arm, ankle, foot and elbow. While many doctors provide drugs to mask symptoms of pain, these drugs leave a patient debilitated and dependent upon them for pain relief. A physiatrist, on the other hand, provides techniques and treatments that enable musculoskeletal and spine pain sufferers to return to activity without surgery.
With so many subspecialties in medicine, it is no wonder that many people do not know exactly what a physiatrist does, even if they have heard the term. It has become a nationwide trend for highly respected spine and joint centers to use physiatrists to treat cases of back, neck and joint pain.
A physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) doctor may use a variety of tests to diagnose your back, neck, hip, knee, shoulder, arm, ankle, foot and elbow pain. Physiatrists may also use interventional injection procedures for pain relief and for diagnostic purposes.
Essentially, a physiatrist has unique skills to offer a spine and musculoskeletal pain sufferer. Instead of masking pain with drugs, a physiatrist identifies the cause of the pain. They often help patients relieve pain symptoms without surgery.
Talk to your Spine Nevada provider to find out if a non-surgical interventional treatment is right for you. Request an appointment here.
Spine Nevada offers treatment options for joint and spine conditions. Below are some of the common pain conditions treated by the interventional physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors at Spine Nevada in Reno, Sparks and Carson City.
Musculoskeletal Pain including chronic back and neck pain, hip and leg pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Wrist and Hand Pain
SI Joint Pain
Low Back Pain
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Rotator Cuff Tear
Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Work Related Injuries
Failed Back Syndrome
Post Laminectomy Syndrome
Post Surgical Pain Syndromes
Neuropathic Pain, Nerve Pain
Complex Regional Syndrome (RSD)
Phantom Limb Pain
Neurogenic Pain Syndromes
Pain Caused By Arthritis, Cancer, Headache
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