Physical Medicine

Physiatrists, or physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, are specialists in diagnosing and treating problems of the musculoskeletal system and its neurological control. They take thorough histories and perform physical examinations to find the source of your pain, injury, or disability, even when standard diagnostic tests don’t reveal specific problems.

PM&R physicians believe in treating the whole patient, not just the patient’s symptoms. They share their medical knowledge to help patients understand their condition and provide the tools and resources to manage it. They use a variety of treatment methods to reduce or eliminate problems and to decrease the possibility of recurrence. This comprehensive approach produces not only cost-effective results, but also a high degree of patient satisfaction.

PM&R physicians direct the team of healthcare professionals that treat you. If any other services are needed, such as those of a physical therapist or athletic trainer, the PM&R physician supervises, collaborates with, and coordinates them. The result is a specially designed treatment program tailored for you.

Diagnosis and Treatment Expertise

Because PM&R physicians offer an aggressive, non-surgical approach to pain and injury, these physicians are the ideal choice for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Here’s a listing of just some of the conditions that PM&R physicians have extensive training in evaluating and rehabilitating:

  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (tendonitis, bursitis, etc,)
  • Nerve Injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, trauma)
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
  • Amputations
  • Prosthetic and orthotics
  • Cancer-related disability
  • Burn injuries
  • Stroke and Neurological Disorders
  • Cardiac and Vascular Disorders
  • Osteoporosis

Services Offered

  • Physical examination of injury and disability
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing (EMG and Nerve conduction studies)
  • Trigger point injections
  • Cortisone/Steroid injections with and without ultrasound guidance
  • Neuromuscular ultrasound
  • EMG guided injections including botulinum toxin (botox)
  • Therapy and exercise prescriptions
  • Biomechanical and Ergonomic analysis
  • Gait analysis
  • Medication prescriptions
  • Prosthetic, Orthotic and Bracing analysis and prescriptions
  • Education on injury and disability
  • Guidance and counseling for injury prevention, disease management, return to work, and return to recreation

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About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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