Our physiatrist plays an important role in allowing Highlands Neurosurgery to provide comprehensive care for our neurosurgical patients. This physician specialist assists with non-surgical pain management. Following neck and back surgery, he assists some of our patients in their rehabilitation to optimal function. Occasionally, a physiatrist will perform an EMG (diagnostic, nerve conduction study) on a patient. For patient convenience, these studies are conducted in our office and the results are quickly available for our neurosurgeon to discuss with the patient, often later the same day.
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the national medical society representing more than 7,000 physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. They are called physiatrists.
Physiatrists focus on restoring function. They care for patients with acute and chronic pain, and musculoskeletal problems like back and neck pain, tendonitis, pinched nerves and fibromyalgia. They also treat people who have experienced catastrophic events resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia, or traumatic brain injury; and individuals who have had strokes, neurosurgical and orthopedic injuries.