Physical Medicine

Physical Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians specialize in non-surgical treatment of painful conditions. They are nerve, muscle, bone, and brain experts who treat injury or illness to decrease pain and restore function. PM&R is also called Physiatry.

By taking the whole body into account, a PM&R specialist is able to accurately pinpoint problems and enhance performance without surgery. Consider seeing a PM&R physician if:

  • You have pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury, or spine problems.

  • You were injured or have a chronic condition that has left you with pain or limited function.

  • You are considering spine, joint, or nerve surgery.

  • You had an illness that diminished your energy or ability to move easily.

  • Excess weight makes it difficult to exercise or has caused health problems.

  • You think you are too old to exercise.

  • You have undergone life changes such as childbirth or menopause that have challenged your physical function.

Getting Started

A PM&R physician will thoroughly assess your condition, needs, and expectations, and rule out any serious medical illnesses. A clear understanding of your condition and limitations will help you and your PM&R physician to develop a treatment plan suited to your individual needs.

Treatment Options

A PM&R physician does not perform surgery. At CMH, Bryan Kaplansky, MD, performs nerve tests (electromyography); spinal, joint, muscle, and tendon sheath injections among other injections; and acupuncture. He also orders physical therapy and prescription medications.

  • Common Disorders Treated

  • Back Pain (herniated discs, pinched nerves, joint pain, soft tissue injuries, compression fractures)

  • Nerve Injuries for the spine, arms and legs.

  • Neck Pain (herniated discs, pinched nerves, joint pain, sift tissue injuries)

  • Muscle, Tendon, and Ligament Injuries

  • Sports Injuries

  • Industrial/Work Injuries

  • Joint Disorders/Arthritis

  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome

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