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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, also called physiatrists, treat conditions that affect how you function with the goal of restoring physical ability and improving quality of life. A medical doctor trained in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation addresses injuries or illness by treating the whole person, not just specific symptoms or certain body parts. Our physiatry specialists treat musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, pain, repetitive stress injuries, and acute and chronic conditions.
“ I am sensitive to the complex interactions of the body and the mind when working through a condition that involves the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. I have years of additional training both in the research lab and clinically with patients, specifically in the field of orthopedic biomechanics, pain management and sports medicine.”
- Douglas Chang, MD, PhD, Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The tools of physical medicine and rehabilitation are medications, therapeutic exercise, movement and activity modifications, and adaptive equipment.
You may be recovering from the effects of a stroke or spinal cord injury, or perhaps you have arthritis or a sports injury. You may have been through weeks of physical therapy and still feel immobilized due to your
hip or back pain. This is when physical medicine and rehabilitation can step in and optimize your ability to function comfortably and restore your quality of life.
Dr. Douglas Chang discusses physical medicine and rehabilitation for back pain.
Our physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians frequently find that chronic pain is caused or worsened by a poorly designed workspace. By examining the posture and position of your body during work, our team can provide recommendations for ergonomic, physically appropriate work environments to help treat chronic pain. Using adaptive equipment in the office, home, car and elsewhere can make a difference and provide relief.
When physical medicine and rehabilitation don’t provide adequate pain relief or improved functioning, a surgical approach may be recommended. See the other areas of expertise within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for more information on surgical treatment options for various conditions.
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