What is a Physiatrist?
- A medical doctor trained in the non-surgical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation
- An expert in muscles, bones, joints, nerves, and brain and how they work together
- Uses a holistic approach to health, looking at the whole person, to improve quality of life; may lead a team of medical professionals to coordinate patient care such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, psychology, and other physicians
- Dr. Amos also performs electrodiagnosis (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) to evaluate possible nerve damage, testing often done by physiatrists
Some examples of patients treated by Dr. Amos
- knee pain after skiing, no surgery needed
- hand tingling and numbness
- neck pain after a car accident
- weakness and speech impairment after a stroke
- low back pain after a work injury
- spinal cord injury after a logging accident
- brain injury after a motorcycle accident
- osteoporotic female wanting guidance in exercising
- lumbar compression fracture and PTSD after car accident
For more information on physiatry, please go to www.AAPMR.org.