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What Is a Physiatrist & Physical Medicine?

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 physicians at Main Line Spine with this specialty use a broad range of knowledge, including musculoskeletal, neurological, rheumatological, and exercise physiology.

Physical medicine practitioners consider a diverse array of options to treat these conditions, ranging from physical therapy to injection-based treatments, alternative treatments, medications, and holistic and sports medicine. Moreover, the field of biologic regenerative medicine has rapidly evolved—which has led to the advent of new trial treatments, such as platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies.

Main Line Spine’s board-certified physical medicine physicians, also known as physiatrists, 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, we will refer to an appropriate specialist. But we are typically able to develop individualized solutions that only require office visits or minimally invasive procedures at our surgery center.