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.

Our Team

Patients who need comprehensive evaluations and conservative treatment of orthopedic conditions will benefit from an appointment with a physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) specialist at Washington University Orthopedics.

Treatment Approach

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.

Meet Our Team

Heidi Prather, DO

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Chief of Section in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
PM&R Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director
Director of Orthopaedic Spine Center

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Dale Colorado, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology

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Devyani Hunt, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology
Co-Director, Medical Program for Performing Artists

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Adam LaBore, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology

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John Metzler, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology
PM&R Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director

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Nathan Olafsen, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Scott Simpson, MD

Scott Simpson, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Chi-Tsai Tang, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director

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Allison J. Modglin, MMS, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Corri Payton, MSN, APRN, BC

Adult Nurse Practitioner

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Tiffany Simon, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Patient Stories

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In her 12 years with the St. Louis Ballet company—during which time she danced many lead roles and rose to international acclaim—principal ballerina Tanya Strautmann had missed only one day of class and performing. So when hip pain forced her to take two days off in the Spring of 2008, she knew she had crossed the threshold from what she calls “good pain” into “bad pain.”

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