Our Spine Physiatry department specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with a focus on restoring function to patients. The department cares for those with acute and chronic pain conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Patients with chronic pain who are stable but require long-term opioids should seek care with a chronic pain specialist or chronic pain clinic.
What is a Physiatrist?
Physiatrists are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. They are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).
The job of a physiatrist is to treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, including lower back and leg pain. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person's life back together after injury or disease – without surgery.
What treatments are offered?
Our Spine Physiatry department offers non-surgical treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine issues. This includes, but is not limited to:
- epidural steroid injections
- hip joint injections
- SI (sacroiliac) joint injections
- Electromyography (EMG) – involves testing the electrical activity of muscles
For your convenience and comfort, our physiatrists’ biographies are available online. To read more about our team and familiarize yourself with some of the medical staff you may be meeting, use the dropdown menu at left. Our physiatrists perform more than 200 injections a month and have longevity and expertise to help you with your acute back pain.