Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Using nonsurgical methods to manage chronic pain and achieve optimal physical function

When it comes to chronic pain and physical function ...

Many people suffer from debilitating pain or muscle disorders that affect their physical function. For example, a stroke patient who wants to regain function in his or her upper and lower extremities could benefit from the services of this specialty.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bone, nerve and muscle disorders that affect physical function. The goal of a PM&R physician is to decrease pain and restore the body’s function and performance without surgery. The emphasis is improving patient symptoms through nonsurgical treatments.

Conditions treated/Clinical services provided

Our PM&R specialists treat and/or perform the following conditions and procedures:

  • Fluoroscopically guided injections
  • Electrodiagnostic testing
  • Botox® injections for headache and spasticity
  • Neuropathic pain and weakness of the extremities
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Chronic pain management
  • Amputee care management
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Axial spine and peripheral joint pain
  • Functional deficits related to stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Spinal cord stimulator trials
  • Radiofrequency denervation

What you need to know about Physical Medicine & Rehab

You will be cared for by numerous members of our team, working under the direction and supervision of our physicians:

Our advanced practice provider, Debra Arbuthnot, CRNP, works with the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians during office hours. Debra sees patients for new patient and follow-up appointments.

To request an appointment, call 1-866-874-7483 or click here. 

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation became recognized as a medical specialty in 1947 and grew considerably following World War II. With the large number of injured soldiers returning from war, PM&R physicians were given the task of restoring them to productive lives through pain management and rehabilitation.

When to see a doctor

Patients who see a PM&R physician want to improve their symptoms through nonsurgical treatments. PM&R specialists treat a variety of problems ranging from neck and back pain to bursitis, pinched nerves, carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. They treat injuries and conditions that affect function. They also manage chronic pain associated with injury or illness. When pain becomes more severe or persistent, it may be necessary to see your doctor. You should seek medical attention when the pain:

  • Occurs when you are not involved in an activity
  • Cannot be relieved by rest or reduced by over-the-counter medications
  • Interferes with your ability to perform daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs
  • Awakens you from sleep