What are some of the treatments you prescribe as a physiatrist?
Depending on the diagnosis, treatment plans may include medication management and cortisone injections along with rehabilitation – physical, occupational and/or speech therapy as indicated by the patient’s condition. Once the patient is diagnosed, I prescribe general treatment plans. Then the therapists, utilizing their specialized training and experience, come up with specific treatments to achieve the best outcome for the patient. Rehabilitation involves exercise as well as patient and family education. It is especially helpful for family or caregivers to come with the patient to appointments. They are a great source of information. They provide information to me and the therapists about symptoms or issues at home and are great at retaining information to help the patient at home.