Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) is the branch of medicine emphasizing the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neurological disorders and musculoskeletal abnormalities particularly related to the nerves, muscles and bones that could produce temporary or permanent impairment.  This discipline of medicine and its non-surgical approach focuses on restoring optimal function through the use of many forms of treatment, including but not limited to, physical and mechanical therapy, pharmaceutical agents, and trigger point injections.

Pain Management Consultations and Treatments

Pain Management is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of individuals dealing with acute or chronic pain.   Patients suffering with acute or chronic pain can be treated medically by various modalities and pharmaceuticals to assist them in restoring health and improving daily living activities.  The typical pain management team may include medical practitioners, clinical psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and various other medical support staff.

Acute pain is often resolved once the underlying pathology is healed.  However, when a painful injury or pathology is resistant to treatment and the condition persists, or when pain persists after the injury or pathology has healed, and when medical science cannot identify the cause of pain, the task of medicine is to relieve suffering.  Treatment approaches to chronic pain include various pharmacological measures which may include trans-dermal compounds, psychological intervention, physical exercise, and physical therapy including the use of ice and/or heat.


Impairment Ratings

There are a number of patients whose injuries are treated at our facility as a result of work related or automobile accidents.  Many patients, as a result of the Center's many therapeutic procedures, return to full health and resume normal daily living activities.   However, as a result of the accident or injury the patient may have some form of permanent or partial disability which will be determined by our medical staff.  This determination is called an Impairment Rating.   An impairment rating is a medical assessment of a claimant's injury represented by a percentage value.  A physician may assign an impairment rating to the body as a whole or to a specific body part.  This rating may be used to calculate the workers' compensation benefits owed to the claimant or the financial reward provided to a claimant involved in an automobile accident.

I.M.E. - (Independent Medical Examination)

An Independent Medical Examination (IME) occurs when a physician who has no doctor/patient relationship and has not previously been involved in a person's care examines an individual to determine the cause, extent and medical treatment of a work-related or other injury where liability is at issue.  The physician also determines whether the individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment already received, if any additional treatment is necessary and whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment.  An IME may be conducted at the request of  a workers' compensation insurance carrier, auto insurance carrier or self-insured employer.