Dr. Leslie V. Rush, III Physical Medicine & Rehab / Interventional Spine
What is a Physiatrist?
or rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who
treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move.
Rehabilitation physicians are medical doctors who have completed
training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and
rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians:
Diagnose and treat pain, restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions, treat the whole person, not just the problem area. provide non-surgical treatments.
The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat any disability
resulting from disease or injury, from sore shoulders to spinal cord
injuries. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for
putting the pieces of a person's life back together after injury or
disease – without surgery.
Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint
the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that can be
carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the
rehabilitation physician’s medical team. This medical team might include
other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists,
orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an
appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay
as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows
them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.