At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with chronic pain.
Doctors known as physiatrists work within a medical specialty called physical medicine and rehabilitation, or physiatry. These medical doctors offer patient-centered care focused on restoring an individual’s musculoskeletal function as well as their overall health after an injury, disabling condition, or illness.
Physiatrists offer a range of services for people of all ages, including rehabilitation for adolescents and children as well as care for older adults with a variety of medical conditions or disabilities. Typically, rehabilitation programs focus on treatments for areas of the brain, bones, muscles, and nerves that impact a patient’s movements. Physiatrists do not practice surgery.
Physiatrists are physicians who take a comprehensive approach to caring for patients' health, working with each person individually to diagnose and address what are often multiple treatment needs, including medical, emotional, and social needs. The medical treatments physiatrists provide may also involve different parts of the body's musculoskeletal structure. The treatment modalities could be anything from physical therapy offered after a spinal cord injury to medicine for rehabilitation, such as pain medications and spinal injections or steroid injections, to help a patient after a traumatic accident or sports injury.
What Conditions Do Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Experts Treat?
If you have one of the following issues or health disorders, you may benefit from seeing a physical medicine and rebilitation specialist:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve disorder
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Sports injury or work-related injury
- Traumatic brain injury
Medical conditions related to physiatry can result in a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these symptoms so when you or the person you care for meet with a physiatrist or other doctor, you can provide him or her with detailed information. Patients with physical medicine and rehabilitation issues often report symptoms such as:
- Back pain
- Chronic discomfort after a traumatic accident
- Inability to perform certain daily tasks
- Joint pain or health issues
- Medicine is no longer helping the condition
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness or limbs that feel limp
- Recovery from surgery feels slow
- Stroke issues that have led to limited mobility
- Tingling or numbness
What to Expect With Our Physiatrists
After a thorough assessment, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine, or electromyography (EMG), and nerve conduction studies, and on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our specialists will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our physiatrists will develop a nonsurgical treatment plan personalized for you, which may involve anti-inflammatory medications and minimally invasive nonoperative options like epidural steroid injections and in-office orthobiologics. We also offer physical therapy with our certified physical therapists to aid in your rehabilitation.
When surgery is necessary, our physiatrists and nonsurgical spine specialists work with our surgeons to ensure that our patients receive the right care for the best outcomes. Additionally, as part of our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, our physiatrists and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians work together as a dedicated care team to offer you comprehensive rehabilitation services and the latest treatments to help you live with reduced pain and restored function.
To seek specialized care from one of our physiatrists or physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians at our Herndon Campus or Spruce Campus, use our MyChoice resource and find the specialist for you or call (559) 256-5200 for an appointment.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our doctors, including our physiatrists and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of surgeons and medical experts.
Our physical medicine and rehabilitation providers have medical practices that focus on patients with orthopedic issues, including those who need to restore function or improve their quality of life. Dr. Gopi Kasturi, Dr. Rod Kraft, Dr. Mark Sison, Dr. Jerry Smith, and Dr. Jeryl Wiens are medical experts highly trained in the specialties of physiatry and nonsurgical orthopedic and spine care. They understand the many conditions and injuries a patient may be coping with and offer our patients a variety of treatment options that can help, including interventional spine procedures and personalized treatment plans to get you back to doing what you love.
If you have a physical medicine and rehabilitation issue that is concerning you, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation care you deserve.