What is Physical Medicine?
Physical medicine aims to restore function to the highest level possible when injuries have occurred to joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves. If you have a condition that affects your musculoskeletal system, such as a bone or muscle disorder, your primary care provider may refer you to the physical medicine team for evaluation, diagnosis, therapy, and non-surgical treatment.
Our team of specialists will work with you to develop a plan of action tailored to your medical needs, lifestyle, and personal goals. Care may include biomechanical evaluation, physical therapy, injection treatments, or referral to complementary care specialists for surgical evaluation or rehabilitation if necessary.
- Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
- Minor fractures
- Joint instabilities
- Joint arthritis
- Acute or chronic sports injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tennis/golfer’s elbow
- Achilles tendinitis
Non-invasive, Holistic Strategy
Our physical medicine specialists focus on non-surgical, holistic treatments and may recommend chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutrition consultation, biomechanics evaluation, or other non-invasive therapies to minimize recovery time and medical costs.
Coordinated Care & Expertise
Your primary care team and physical medicine team will have access to your medical records to monitor your progress and ensure seamless coordination of your treatment plans.
How does a referral to physical medicine work?
- If your provider refers you to our physical medicine service, a member of the care management team will call you within two business days to schedule your first appointment.
- Your physical medicine physician will review your medical history, lifestyle, goals, and priorities, and work with you to create a customized treatment plan.
- The RN care manager will lead your care plan in close coordination with your physical medicine physician and primary care provider. Other specialists may be added to your care team as needed.
- If you are referred for surgical evaluation or rehabilitation, your physical medicine team will follow up with you to monitor your progress and update your provider.
- Virtual, telephonic, and in-clinic visits will be scheduled at a rate determined by you and the physical medicine team in order to maximize your health, while maintaining your independence and safety.
- When your condition has improved, you will return to your provider for regular checkups.