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Physical Medicine

Physical Medicine is concerned with the diseases and disorders of the neuromuscular system (the nerves and muscles). These specialists are skilled in using heat, cold, water, electricity, massage, and exercise to help patients regain use and function of parts of the body that have been damaged by injury.

Common Physical Medicine Treatments

Physical Therapy:

Physical Therapy focuses on the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury, or disease that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training

Spinal Decompression:

Spinal decompression is achieved both surgically and non-surgically and is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device that controls the force and angle of disc distraction, which reduces the body’s natural propensity to resist external force and/or generate muscle spasm.

Massage Therapy:

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. Rehabilitative techniques are used when soft tissues of the body are causing pain and/or dysfunction. The focus of the session is to address the soft tissue pain and dysfunction.

Prescription Compound Pain Creams

Pain cream ingredients include customized combinations of the following medications:

  • Non-steroidal Antiinflammatories (NSAIDS): Ketoprofen, Piroxicam, Ibuprofen
  • Muscle Relaxants: Cyclobenzaprine, Baclofen, Guaifenasin
  • Anesthetics: Lidocaine, Prilocaine
  • Vasodilators: Nifedipine, Verapamil
  • Pain Blockers: Ketamine
  • Nerve Agents: Amitriptyline, Gabapentin
  • Other Pain Medications: Menthol, Capsaicin, Clonidine

Durable Medical Equipment (DME):

During the course of your treatment with your physician, a cervical collar, lumbar support or wrist splint may be prescribed, to help aid you in a better quality of living.