Frequently Asked Questions
What is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, otherwise known as a physiatrist?
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). PM&R physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders, joint pains to spinal cord injuries. The physician’s goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery. The physician will work closely with you and your healthcare provider to determine if surgery is necessary to treat your medical condition. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, PM&R physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. The physiatrists’ broad medical expertise allows for the treatment of disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.
A multidisciplinary approach to acute and chronic pain encompasses a variety of healthcare providers capable of assessing and treating physical, psychosocial, medical, vocational and social aspects of pain. These may include physicians, nurses, behavioral health professionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers. Not every patient referred to a pain treatment facility is in need of a multidisciplinary diagnosis or treatment, but it is important to have these resources available when they are appropriate for the patient.
What is the purpose of the mind/body consultation?
A mind/body consultation is a critical component for the comprehensive treatment of a patient’s pain. The pain assessment helps to increase the understanding of the impact that pain has on all aspects of one’s life. Therefore, part of our goal is to provide the patient with social support and vocational rehabilitation.