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Rehabilitation Medicine as a whole treat several diseases, injuries, and symptoms. The umbrella, the focus is broken down to include:
Physical Medicine is a Key Component of Recovery to Improve Quality of Life
Physical medicine is a branch of medicine that treats disorders and injuries.
Doctors who practice physical medicine are known as physiatrists. Physiatrists are experts at designing patient-centered treatment plans and work alongside members of the entire care team.
At Maranatha Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, our team of physiatrists and physical therapists are dedicated to creating a plan for your personal recovery and health restoration. Our practice is a significant aspect in your ability to cope with an illness or injury.
Understanding the Difference Between Physical Therapy and Physiatry
A physical therapist is trained in the clinical features of musculoskeletal pathology, examination, and will often develop a plan that involves exercise and physical modalities to treat patients. A physiatrist treats similar conditions but has completed medical school along with four years of residency training allowing him or her to manage a patient’s medical issues throughout the rehabilitation process. This may include treating diseases and other medical complications.
A physiatrist is trained to manage a variety of disorders and diseases. Areas of practice include:
- Neurorehabilitation: Spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease
- Pain medicine: Chronic pain management, complex regional pain syndrome, back pain, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Musculoskeletal care: Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory myopathies, fibromyalgia, and back pain
- Sports injuries: Achilles tendonitis, Iliotibial band syndrome, turf toe, medial & lateral epicondylitis, rotator cuff pathology, Dequervain’s tenosynovitis, acromioclavicular separation, biceps tendonitis, stress fractures, and concussion
- Post-operative care: Joint replacement, organ transplantation, amputations, left-ventricular assistive devices, and cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation
- Pediatric functional and developmental disorders: Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy
- Prosthetics and orthotics: Gait and Movement Disorders, Assistive Devices and Ambulation Aids, Spinal Orthoses, Neuro-prostheses
- Specialized rehabilitation: Cancer, cardiac conditions, burns, pulmonary, pelvic pain, and palliative care
What Does the Process Look Like?
Our rehabilitation programs are designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Whether it be limiting your pain, treating a disease, improving mobility, or recovering from a recent accident. Our program includes targeting your particular physical and medical needs. Each phase of the program will address a variety of your personal needs that help increase your ability to become independent.
Programs may include treatment for the following:
- Physical care
- Mobility skills
- Respiratory care
- Communication skills
- Cognitive skills
- Pain management
- Vocational training
- Socialization skills
- Psychological issues
Common Injuries and Conditions We Treat
Physical medicine and rehabilitation may be needed to treat your disease, impairment, or injury that has resulted in disruption to your body, mind, and overall health.
We provide the following rehabilitation treatments:
- Occupational medicine
- Sports medicine
- Electromyogram (EMG) Testing
- Neuromuscular medicine
- Spine care
- Nerve testing
- Spasticity management and injections
- Cognitive disability
What is the Goal of Physical Medicine?
The goal of physical medicine is to address a patient’s individualistic goals. Using a combination of medicine, exercise, and movement, our team will prescribe a plan that helps you achieve your ideal plans. Regardless of the injury or disease that is being treated, we help alleviate pain and any restriction in movement. A common goal of rehabilitation is to prevent future injury and support the body with optimal health benefits such as diet and exercise. Our diverse techniques and methods are a benefit to you as a patient.
What Can You Expect as a Patient?
As a patient, you can expect to receive quality care and commitment from our entire staff. From our initial consultation to the completion of our program and everywhere in-between, we take our ability to treat you with consideration and empathy. While rehabilitation does not reverse or undo the damage caused by your injury or disease, we aim to restore your health and improve your well-being.