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4 Questions to Ask Your Physiatrist

Last updated 3 years ago

Your physiatrist, also known as a rehabilitation physician, specializes in your physical medicine needs.  Your physiatrist will provide valuable information about your overall health and can help restore function to problem areas after injury. To get the most out of your time with your physiatrist, it helps if you ask the right questions.

Here are 4 questions you should ask before and during your first visit with a doctor of physical medicine.

1.      Are you qualified?

You may want to ask if they are qualified as a physiatrist before you even set up an appointment.  It’s important to keep in mind the difference between a personal trainer and a physiatrist.  This difference is crucial for your physical medicine diagnosis and orthopedic rehab.

2.      What types of injuries do you have experience with?

Not all areas of physical medicine are the same.  That’s why some of the best centers for total health will offer various treatments.  Your physiatrist may offer everything from medical massage and acupuncture to physical therapy.

3.      Are there exercises I can do at home?

Your physiatrist may be able to teach you simple, but effective, exercises that you can do at home to help promote healing and reduce pain.  Stretching is one thing that is crucial for the health of your muscles, and your physiatrist may know specific stretches that can target your problem areas.

4.      Are my activities conducive to my health?

You may prefer certain sports and activities, but your physiatrist may be able to recommend activities that are conducive to your overall health. Depending on your physical medicine needs, for example, a physiatrist may encourage a low-impact exercise for you, which will also be a new challenge.

At Manhattan Total Health, our physiatrists are not only experts, but they are considerate of and dedicated to their patients’ needs. Our experts offer a variety of treatments depending on your needs including orthopedic rehab, massage therapy, and physical medicine. 

Feel free to visit our website for more information.

 

 

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