Physiatrist (fizz ee at' trist) is a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. They see patients in all age groups and treat problems that touch upon all the major systems in the body. These specialists focus on restoring function to people.
To become a physiatrist, individuals must successfully complete four years of graduate medical education and four additional years of postdoctoral residency training.
Physiatrists treat acute and chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders. They may see a person who lifts a heavy object at work and experiences back pain, a basketball player who sprains an ankle and needs rehabilitation to play again, or a knitter who has carpal tunnel syndrome. Physiatrists' patients include people with arthritis, tendonitis, any kind of back pain, and work or sports-related injuries.
Physiatrists can perform the following procedures:
- NCV/EMG (nerve conductions/electromyography)
- Trigger Point Injections (injections into the muscle)
- Soft Tissue Injectionss
- Joint/Bursa Steroid Injections
- Hyaluronic Acid (Synvisc) Knee Joint Injections for Arthritis
- Facet Blocks
- Botox Injections