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.
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.
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