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What Is a Physiatrist?
What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors, also known as Physiatrists, specialize in a wide array of conditions across the entire musculoskeletal system. Included in their focus is the diagnosis and treatment of chronic or acute spinal disorders, neck, back & joint problems, sports injuries & pain management.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors (Physiatrists) often work collaboratively with primary care providers, internists, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors & other medical professionals. They strive to find the least invasive and most effective treatments possible.

Back- and spine-related pain, orthopedic injuries, disabilities, and chronic pain can degrade our ability to function at both work and play and diminish our quality of life. The causes of these and related conditions can vary greatly.

Determining the appropriate therapies for each individual suffering from any of these conditions can be a complicated process. The field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation addresses this challenge. The doctors and practitioners at Main Line Spine with this specialty, our Physiatrists, use a broad range of knowledge, including musculoskeletal, neurological, rheumatological, and exercise physiology.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors and practitioners consider a diverse array of options to treat these conditions. This can range from physical therapy to injection-based treatments, alternative treatments, medications, and holistic and sports medicine. Moreover, the field of biologic regenerative medicine is evolving rapidly. This has led to the advent of new trial treatments used by Physiatrists, such as platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies.

Main Line Spine’s board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors are dedicated to pinpointing the optimal noninvasive or minimally invasive therapies that will maximize each patient’s function and quality of life. If surgery is ultimately determined to be the best way to proceed, a Main Line Spine Physiatrist will refer to an appropriate specialist. But Main Line Spine Physical & Rehabilitation doctors are typically able to develop individualized solutions that only require office visits or minimally invasive procedures at our surgery center.

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