The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, also known as “PMR” or “Physiatrist”, primarily focuses on pain management.
The PMR (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) physician performs a nerve conduction study/Electromyelography (NCS/EMG), a special diagnostic test to assess the severity of various types of nerve injuries, such as radiculopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, brachial plexopathy, and peripheral neuropathy. These nerve conduction studies are often used to assess patients’ nerve injuries as well as assist with managing patients’ rehabilitation needs from stoke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, wheel chair and/or other assistive devices.
Patients with back and neck pain due to compression fractures, herniated discs and unsuccessful surgeries, muscle and joint pain such as arthritis, carpal tunnel and fibromyalgia, work or sports-related injuries, pain associated with cancer, nervous system disorders, traumatic injuries, and spasticity management, can highly benefit from being under the care of a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician. IN addition, PMR’s provide additional treatment options for musculoskeletal injuries including physical therapy, occupational therapy, as well as providing information and resources for use of assistive devices (brace, cane, wheel chair). Other in-office outpatient treatment procedure options include: small joint injections and trigger point injections to assist with pain management.