What is Physiatry?

Physiatry, or physical medicine and rehabilitation, is a branch of medicine recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This relatively new field emphasizes prevention, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of injuries or ailments that may affect movement. Physiatry focuses on healing the whole patient, not just one part. It’s often called “the quality of life profession.”

Dr. Hahn counsels a patient

A physiatrist (also called a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician) may work with a team of healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care for each individual patient. The main goal is to restore function after a traumatic injury or event, like a stroke. Surgery is such a big undertaking both physically and mentally.  Of course, some conditions do require surgery, but for most spine related injuries, physiatry offers a less-invasive, conservative approach to treatment, often with less rehabilitation time. Often, physiatry treatment entails a combination of multiple therapies, like medications, physical therapy, injections and other procedures.

Here at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, my passion is interventional spine treatments and recovery. I specialize in non-surgical techniques to relieve pain and avoid surgery in some cases. Some of the most common spine injuries I see include:

  • Disk herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis

By working together with our team, we can provide a treatment plan to keep you as active as possible at any age. To learn more about physiatry or interventional spine treatments, or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.neorthohospital.com.

Dr. Matthew Hahn recently returned to Omaha after completing a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He was previously Academic and Chief Resident at Kansas University Medical Center, and received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

What is Physiatry?

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