Effective Treatment

When A Second Surgerystrong Won't Work

A 41-year-old male named Max visited an MSR-supported physiatrist when he experienced left shoulder pain, with inability to raise his arm. The physiatrist diagnosed him with a massive left rotator cuff tear causing pain, weakness and limited active range of motion.

Max had a prior left rotator cuff tear with surgical repair. Due to the severity of this second tear, he was not a surgical candidate; therefore, recommendations were for physical therapy and a home exercise program.

Max showed improved active range of motion (lacking only 20 degrees of flexion & abduction) and strength (4/5 flexion and abduction, 4+/5 external rotation, 5/5 internal rotation) after starting his treatment; and after nine months of treatment, Max made very significant improvement and is functioning independently.

The ability of a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) to provide multidisciplinary and multimodal care, as well as the ability to focus on patient function and the patient as a whole separates the physiatrist from other medical specialties. It is what makes the physiatrist a unique provider of medical care.

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TOP 10 REASONS to Visit a Physiatrist

  • 1. Physiatry is a medical specialty
  • 2. Physiatrists are medical doctors (M.D.s and D.O.s)
  • 3. Physiatrists treat the whole person, not just a condition
  • 4. Physiatrists use the latest treatments and modalities
  • 5. No problem is ever too small or too big for a physiatrist
  • 6. Physiatry treatment is highly individualized to meet the specific needs of the patient
  • 7. Physiatry can often help people avoid surgery
  • 8. The physiatrist's job is restore as much function and independence as possible—to put the pieces of people's lives back together
  • 9. The physiatrist works with a team of health care professionals that includes physicians of other medical specialties, and therapists
  • 10. Physiatrists can help with acute and chronic pain management issues