Surgeon vs. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

A physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist) differs from an orthopedic surgeon in that they only offer a nonsurgical approach to pain and injury treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. Physiatrists typically treat a wide array of problems, from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries.

Treatment options range from conservative measures through the more complex multilevel surgical procedures. This includes various categories of medications, physical therapy, acupuncture, patient counseling, patient education, and rehabilitation. Therapeutic injections are also available as an intermediate step between conservative measures and surgery. Surgical procedures are also available when conservative treatment options have been exhausted.

Sierra Pacific Orthopedics’ physiatrists work closely with our surgeons to ensure that you get back to enjoying the everyday activities you love.  If you or your loved one suffers from a painful disorder or injury, please call Sierra Pacific Orthopedics at (559) 256-5200 to schedule an appointment, or make an appointment online by clicking here.