We believe in the body’s innate capacity for healing and regeneration. We believe in promoting health and wellness throughout your lifespan.
Physiatry is an enigma of a medical specialty.
If you break your arm everyone knows they should see an orthopedic surgeon. If you have high blood pressure, see an internist.
When most people hurt their back they don’t automatically think “I need to see a physiatrist.” Maybe they should. And that also goes for sports injuries, pain issues, and exercise questions. Physiatry is most certainly the most useful medical specialty you probably have never heard of.
Dr. Sarah Vlach is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (Physiatry). Dr. Andrew Cooper is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
What is unique about a physiatric perspective? Exercise. Some pain doctors have a bias in their training towards pills or shots. In rehabilitation medicine exercise is frequently the starting (and finishing) point for any intervention. Exercise is the sustainable fix that can empower people to address their own issues. Internists prescribe medications for blood pressure. We prescribe exercise (and a few other things).