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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation(PM&R) is also known as physiatry, and practitioners in this space are known as physiatrists. Here at TOA, we strive to provide the best PM&R care in our area.

What is a Physiatrist?

A physician with training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is known as a physiatrist. This area of medicine focuses on treating patients with physical impairments or disabilities brought on by illness or injury to improve their functional ability and quality of life. The primary focus of this area of medicine is comprehensive musculoskeletal pathology, which also includes pain control.

When to See a Physiatrist

Physiatrists construct a treatment plan to improve your quality of life, regardless of the source of your pain or discomfort: chronic health disorders, aging-related mobility limitations, or acute injuries.

If any of the following apply, you may benefit from seeing a physiatrist:

You Have Difficulty with Everyday Activities

Accidents or injuries may leave us with discomfort or reduced function, preventing us from engaging in routine activities such as standing, climbing stairs, or resting comfortably. A physiatrist can assist in developing a treatment plan to address these problems. They can also aid in the management of persistent pain caused by conditions such as back pain, obesity, nerve damage, stroke, and arthritis.

You Have Low Vitality Due to Illness

Numerous diseases and their therapies might result in diminished vitality. Fatigue might hinder your ability to move freely, avoid injury, and achieve your fitness goals.

You Have an Upcoming Surgery or are Recuperating after Surgery

Surgery is physically traumatic. Developing a surgery plan with a physiatrist helps prepare your body and expedite the recovery process.

You’re Experiencing a Major Life Change

Changes in life such as pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and aging might pose new physical function issues.

What to Expect from the Physiatrist

Physiatrists give general medical care to relieve pain and prevent additional disability due to their extensive expertise. At your initial consultation, the doctor will inquire about your medical and family history to determine what may be causing the condition.

You should also state your therapy objectives, such as alleviating back discomfort or enhancing muscle performance. Physiatrists try to assist you to overcome personal obstacles that prevent you from living a full life, and what this means for each patient determines the optimal treatment plan.

If a diagnosis is required, the physician may undertake X-rays, nerve conduction examinations, and electromyography to determine the source of a problem and inform the next steps in the rehabilitation plan. In addition, they consider your holistic health to circumvent and relieve the symptoms of underlying disorders such as diabetes or arthritis.

Learn How We Empower Those Who Suffer Injuries or Impairments to Live Productive Lives

By providing great clinical care, instructing others, and conducting novel research, the members of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) work to enhance the health of people with painful or disabling disorders. The department makes an effort to:

  • Enhance the quality of life through interprofessional collaboration and medical care, emotional support, physical function optimization, and environmental alteration
  • Educate community people, practicing physicians, allied health providers, residents, fellows, and medical students
  • Perform research on pathology, impairment, functional limitation, disability, and health services for people with impairments or disabilities in the basic and rehabilitation sciences
  • Advocate for and with people with disabilities and their families on issues that will increase their independence

At Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, we treat people of all ages, from teenagers to older adults, who are in pain or who have limited mobility, speech difficulties, or other limitations brought on by a physical ailment. Our doctors treat you using alternatives to conventional, “open” surgery, sparing you with the possible hazards and discomfort that might accompany these surgical treatments.

Although your physical health is a large part of our expertise, your social, professional, and emotional well-being are all taken into account as we manage your physical ailments and disabilities in the context of the other significant aspects of your life. Our sole objective, regardless of the issue you are facing, is to reduce or eliminate your pain so you can resume living the most fulfilling and pleasant life possible.

Many Common Injuries and Conditions Can be Treated with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Below are some of the many common injuries and conditions that may be treated in our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department here at TOC: 

Contact us to set up your appointment with one of our Physiatrists to manage your pain and live comfortably again.