Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, also called physiatrists, are nerve, muscle and bone experts who treat health issues that affect body movement. Our goal is to make patients feel better and be able to live well each day by restoring function that’s been lost by injury, illness or disabling conditions.
First, we work with each patient to find the cause of function loss and the affect on quality of life. Assessments we use include:
- Medical history
- Physical examination
- Imaging studies
- Gait evaluation
- Orthotics management
- Prosthetics management
- Osteopathic manipulation
- Muscle spasticity therapy
- Muscle and nerve diagnostic testing (EMG)
Once we've determined the cause of your condition, we devise a comprehensive treatment plan that may include physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Our expertise is in treating all types of conditions, including:
- Brain injury
- Muscle injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Movement disorders
- Sports and musculoskeletal injuries
You should consider seeing a physiatrist if:
- An accident, injury or chronic condition has left you with pain or limited function
- You’re planning to have or are recovering from surgery
- You are having treatment for cancer or are recovering from cancer therapy
- An illness has decreased your energy or ability to move easily
- You’re recovering from a stroke or have problems related to nerve damage
- You have chronic pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury or back problems
- Excess weight makes it difficult for you to exercise or has caused health problems
- You think you’re too old to exercise
- Life changes, such as childbirth or menopause, have created physical challenges for you
All medical records are computerized, allowing us to maintain the most advanced coordination of your care. Your electronic medical records are integrated with Providence Medford Medical Center, so doctors have quick access to your most current medical information should you require emergency care or be hospitalized.
Providence Medical Group in southern Oregon works with most major health insurers and health plans.
Meet the physiatry care team.