Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

What are Physiatrists and what do they do?

Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons.

Physiatrists use electrodiagnostic medicine (electromyography and nerve conduction studies) in order to detect areas of nerve and muscle damage. Using non-surgical methods they focus on a treatment strategy to improve their patients’ quality of life.

Physiatrists also perform several minimally invasive procedures combined with medically supervised exercise therapies, medication, and orthotics to restore mobility and function – all without the need for surgery.

All EMA physicians are board-certified in PM&R (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) and other subspecialties including Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Pain Medicine.