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?
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Back Pain
- Brain Injuries
- Neck Pain
- Nerve Pain
- Ulnar Neuropathy (Wrist Pain in Bicyclists)
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Sports-Related Injuries
- Work-Related Injuries