Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) Service
What Sets Us Apart?
Physical medicine and rehabilitation is often called the “quality of life profession” because its aim is to enhance patient function. Here at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, known as physiatrists, care for individuals with injuries and illnesses of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems ranging from traumatic brain injury to lower back pain with a focus on restoring function.
Our specialists utilize cutting-edge as well as time-tested protocols to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of medical conditions. Our board-certified physiatrists have extensive experience with state-of-the-art procedures such as electrodiagnostic testing, including nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG), which can be powerful tools for diagnosing disorders as well as assessing the severity of such problems. Treatment plans are customized for each patient’s unique needs and may include injectable medications, assistive devices, and therapies such as the application of heat and ice, electronic muscle stimulation, massage, biofeedback, traction and exercise.
Knee pain is a common problem that can originate in any of the bony structures compromising the knee joint, the kneecap, or the ligaments and cartilage of the knee. Knee pain can affect people of all ages. It may be…Read More »
Many people develop osteoarthritis during middle age or older. A common condition, it can occur in any joint in the body, but most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the knee. Knee arthritis causes pain and stiffness. It can…Read More »
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a common condition that many people develop during middle age or older. It can occur in any joint in the body, but most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip. Hip arthritis causes…Read More »
Sciatica occurs when a herniated disk puts pressure on or damages the sciatic nerve, which supports the muscles and controls sensation in the leg and foot. Those with sciatica often feel leg cramping, burning, weakness, numbness, and tingling as well…Read More »
The nerves running along the thoracic and lumbar areas of your spine may become irritated due to disc material bulging out from between the vertebrae. The associated pain may or may not radiate out to other parts of the body.Read More »
At MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics, our goal is to relieve your back pain and restore your ability to enjoy your favorite activities. One of the best ways to ensure you get an accurate and complete diagnosis is to describe your…Read More »
Herniated Disc (Back)
Lumbar Herniated Disc Many patients with back pain, leg pain, or weakness of the lower extremity muscles are diagnosed with a herniated disc. When a disc herniation occurs, the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebrae is pushed outside its…Read More »