PHYSIATRIST

A physiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in nonsurgical pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and neurological studies

  • Treat patients of all ages

  • Focus treatment on function

  • Have a broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime

  • Diagnose and treat pain as a result of an injury, illness, or disabling condition

  • Determine and lead a treatment/prevention plan

  • Lead a team of medical professionals, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physician extenders to optimize patient care

  • Work with other physicians, which may include primary care physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and many others.

  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area 

 

PARESTHESIA

Refers to a burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. The sensation, which happens without warning, is usually painless and described as tingling or numbness, skin crawling, or itching. Paresthesia may be transient or chronic, and may have any of dozens of possible underlying causes.

 

PLATELET- RICH PLASMA

Doctors may use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on injuries or damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and skin.

To collect plasma, a doctor draws blood from your body and uses a machine to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. Then the doctor numbs the area of your body being treated with PRP injections. Once you’re numb, the doctor uses a needle to inject your plasma into the area of your body being treated. Once platelets are in the area that’s being treated, they break down and release growth factors, which are compounds that help cells repair and renew. This is thought to trigger your body’s healing process.

 

BONE MARROW DERIVED STEM CELLS

(BMCs) are stem cells that are found in bone marrow, or the soft tissue inside your bones that create blood cells. These cells can have many benefits in treating conditions that affect certain areas of the body that are experiencing factors like degeneration, inflammation, and injury, among others. This is because stem cells provide the ability (through noninvasive extraction and processing) to help promote healing, regeneration, and repair of target tissues.

 

REGISTERED IN MUSCULOSKELETAL SONOGRAPHY

 (RMSK®) sonography certification raises the standard of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging worldwide and promotes best practices for enhanced patient safety. By earning the musculoskeletal ultrasound certification, physicians and advanced care providers gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in musculoskeletal ultrasound. These practitioners come from a variety of musculoskeletal ultrasound training background, but share a common goal of improving the practice of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.

 

NERVE INJECTIONS

Nerve blocks require needles, often along with a fluoroscope, ultrasound, or CT scan to properly guide the needle. The health care provider may also use low level electrical stimulation to locate the nerve causing pain. The needles and guided images are used to inject pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory drugs around a nerve or group of nerves.

This numbs the area and/or relieves inflammation. Sometimes chemicals or surgery is used to actually intentionally damage or cut the nerve. Nerve blocks halt the pain messages coming from the nerves in a particular part of the body.