A physiatrist is a physician specializing in managing the rehabilitation of patients with a variety of disorders, including neck and low back pain, stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, and numerous neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. The focus of the specialty is functional enhancement. Rehabilitation physicians have completed advanced training in the medical specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R).
The physiatrist's primary goal is to organize a comprehensive rehabilitation program for patients in order to achieve maximum physical, social, psychological and vocational functioning. To achieve this goal, the doctor utilizes various health care professionals for therapeutic programs, various therapeutic and diagnostic techniques such as electrodiagnosis (electromyography and nerve conduction studies), nerve blocks, and use of special devices such as splints, braces, and artificial limbs.
A treatment plan is developed that may focus solely on the patient working with a physical, occupational, or speech therapist, or in conjunction with another medical specialist. Our physiatrists work in a collaborative effort with other NENA specialists – including neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrist and psychologist, and pain medicine physicians – to help meet patients' clinical needs and achieve optimal functional capacity.
Clinical areas of New England Neurological Associates physiatrists include the following:
- Back, Neck, and other musculoskeletal disorders
- Sports-related injuries
- Various pain syndromes, including radiculopathy
- Cardiac rehabilitation and conditioning programs
- Work-related injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Brain injuries
Independent Medical Evaluations
A select number of our physicians have added expertise in the performance of Independent Medical Evaluations (IME's). An IME is a medico-legal examination frequently performed to assist in the management of complicated medical cases, especially those involving personal injury and workers compensation. It is done at the request of a third party – lawyer, insurer, case manager, or employer – to answer specific questions relevant to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Properly utilized, an IME can help guarantee an appropriate and speedy
resolution in these particular cases.