Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physiatrists are doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation and are trained to diagnose, treat and direct a rehabilitation plan that provides the best possible outcomes for their patients. Physiatry not only employs the usual tools of medicine, but also uses physical agents and therapeutic exercise in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders that produce pain, impairment, and disability. 

The physiatrists of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush specialize in treating the symptoms of musculoskeletal and spine pain and understand the causes of this pain. The goal of treatment is always to restore normal function and improve the quality of life for patients from a physical, emotional, psychosocial, and vocational perspective. 

The following is a list of some of the conditions related to back pain commonly treated by physiatrists:

Low back pain Neck pain
Disc, facet and nerve root pain Failed back syndrome
Musculoskeletal and myofascial pain Occupational injury
Sciatica and Osteoarthritis Sports injuries

Our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors also use noninvasive procedures as both diagnostic and therapeutic tools, helping to understand the source of a pain-causing disorder. By combining resources, our doctors can provide state-of-the-art pain management care with the latest in technology and treatment choices. As colleagues, our professionals are always working together to provide the newest and most medically proven options. 

The treatment plan offered for pain and injury may include:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Braces
  • Injections of muscles, bursae, joints
  • Interventional procedures, including epidural and facet injections
  • Electromyography

A referral from your physician is typically required for most orthopedic pain management procedures. For more information, contact Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush at 877-MD-BONES (877.632.6637).