HealthPointe’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Consult Clinic is a collaborative clinic that has centralized treatment, services, and testing in one location. This has been done to make it easier for those seeking assessment to gain a comprehensive understanding of their physical health.
PM&R specialists, or physiatrists, are medical doctors who treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, muscles, or tendons. A physiatry consultation takes between 30-60 minutes, depending upon the medical condition. The doctor will gather detailed information about the symptoms before performing a thorough physical exam to establish a diagnosis and potential treatments.
HealthPointe’s physiatrists work closely with other allied health professionals within our organization, such as physical therapists, registered nurses, and athletic therapy. This is extremely beneficial to our patients as it enables all parties to have direct communication with the teams and improves the level of understanding and outcomes.
Depending upon the physiatrist’s scope of practice, the following services are provided:
- Electromyography (EMG), usually performed at the same time as a nerve conduction study (NCS), detects a disease that affects the nerves and muscles, as well as its location and extent of damage in the body
- Ultrasound guided procedures
- Fluoroscopy guided procedures are medical imaging processes that show a continuous X-ray image on a monitor so the body’s movement, a contrast agent (e.g., dye), or an instrument can be seen in detail through the body.
- Joint injections
- Spasticity management for patients facing nerve damage in the central nervous system causing all muscles to contract at once, such as with cerebral palsy, a stroke, or multiple sclerosis.
- Disability assessments