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Physiatry

Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders—particularly those of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems—that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. Physiatry provides integrated care in the treatment of all neurologic and musculoskeletal disabilities from traumatic brain injury to lower back pain. At Confluence Health, we have two Physiatry clinics, Musculoskeletal Physiatry and Neuro Rehab Physiatry. Our goal to improve function, reduce symptoms, and improve overall well-being of the patient.

Musculoskeletal Physiatry

Our department focuses on neck, back, and joint pain, and the modalities that can help, such as physical therapy and injections, to replenish the body to a better state. Procedures we provide include spinal injections, joint injections, sympathetic nerve block injections for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) patients, and radiofrequency ablation procedures. We also conduct diagnostic EMG/NCV (Electromyography/Nerve Conduction Velocity) procedures for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Radiculopathy (pinching of nerve root).

Our MSK Physiatrists also staff and support the Spine Clinic where we provide quick treatment for back pain.

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Neuro Rehab Physiatry

Our comprehensive treatment approach includes addressing the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each patient. Our team evaluates each patient focusing on improving movement patterns, strength, flexibility, functional ability, balance, and tone. Therapists work closely as a team with physicians, specialists, and family members to help patients progress toward reaching their goals.

Our providers treat, both inpatient and outpatient, nervous system disorders and injuries, including (but not limited to):

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Balance disorders
  • Traumatic brain injuries
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