|Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
Patients recovering from sports injuries, accidents, spinal cord injury and arthritis, and patients with chronic pain issues may be referred to our physiatrist, Fred Newton, MD.
Physiatry, or physical medicine and rehabilitation, is a branch of medicine that deals with restoring function for a person who has been disabled as a result of a disease, disorder or injury. Physiatrists coordinate the rehabilitative needs of each patient, working to restore as much function and independence as possible. Their goal is to accurately pinpoint the source of the problem, and then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by patients on their own or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team to optimize function.
Techniques used include physical training with therapeutic exercise, medications, movement modification, assistive devices, orthotics (braces) and prostheses.
Dr. Newton, who has a subspecialty certification in pain medicine, also helps patients deal with chronic pain in the spine and other locations through injections and other techniques.