Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Patients who need comprehensive evaluations and conservative treatment of orthopedic conditions will benefit from an appointment with a Washington University Orthopedics physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. These physician specialists, called physiatrists, specialize in a wide array of problems affecting the musculoskeletal system. They are highly skilled in occupational medicine, sports medicine, spine medicine, and general orthopedic conditions. They also can advise patients on conservative methods to relieve pain from conditions such as pulled muscles, sprains, and inflammation. The team has special expertise in performing arts medicine and rehabilitation as well as in women’s musculoskeletal health. Physiatrists uniquely recognize the importance of maintaining function. They have the expertise to help patients resolve their problems and prevent a recurrence.
If a surgical referral becomes necessary, physiatrists work closely with orthopedic surgeons to provide integrated care that maximizes a return to functional mobility.
Make an appointment today by calling 314-514-3500, or request an appointment online.
Washington University Orthopedics physiatrists perform comprehensive evaluations to develop an individualized treatment program for each patient. Treatment may include medications, physical or occupational therapy, bracing, orthotics, or injections. Diagnostics tests such as electromyography are used to diagnose nerve injuries and determine conservative or surgical treatment options. Ultrasound or fluoroscopy, which enables physiatrists to obtain “live” x-ray images during a procedure, can be used to perform diagnostic and therapeutic spine or peripheral joint injections, when necessary. The primary goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function.
Research & Clinical Trials
For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.