How Does a Physiatrist Help Resolve Neck and Back Pain?

The goal of physiatry is to restore function, reduce pain and promote an active, healthy lifestyle using nonsurgical neck and back treatments whenever possible.

The Coastal Spine team is medical doctors who completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians:

  • Diagnose and treat pain symptoms and conditions
  • Restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
  • Lead a team of medical professionals
  • Provide nonsurgical back pain relief
  • Explain your medical problems and treatment/prevention plan

The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease through nonsurgical treatments.

Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment and design a treatment plan for patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a patient’s lifetime.

Learn more about our team.