Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Allen C. Tafel, MD: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as Physiatrists, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move.

PM&R physicians treat a wide range of issues from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. The ultimate goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery. PM&R physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. Then, a treatment plan is designed that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the PM&R 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, PM&R 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.

What conditions do Physiatrists Treat?

  • Amputations/Prosthetics
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Brain Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ulnar Neuropathy (Wrist Pain in Bicyclists)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-Polio Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sports-Related Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Work-Related Injuries


Testimonials Real Patient Stories

"These doctors are the best! Dr. Reynolds always take good care of me and is gentle along with Dr. Flores and Dr. Tafel. I have had nothing but the best experience at Orthopedic Specialists!" - Gwen


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