Ochsner's Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation treats a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Physiatrists (physical medicine specialists) may see a patient who lifts heavy objects at work and experiences back pain, an athlete with a sprained ankle or a person suffering from arthritis, tendonitis or work-related injuries. Physiatrists also treat serious disorders of the musculoskeletal system that result in severe physical limitations such as those of stroke patients, amputees and patients who have been in car accidents.
Physiatrists do not perform surgery. Instead, they treat through the use of more conservative methods (e.g. heat and cold, electrotherapies, massage, therapeutic exercise, etc.), prescription medication and assistive devices such as braces and artificial limbs. For more information, visit out Services page. We recognize that every patient is an individual, with his or her own personal goals, and we design each therapy program to fulfill the particular needs of each individual patient. We also remember that smiles and personal contact are often are more valuable than high-tech equipment or individual expertise. Because patients and their families are an integral part of the health care team – but cannot do their part if they are not informed – our therapists explain each step in the rehabilitative process, as well as the expected results. We also discuss the treatment plan with the patient’s physician and other members of the health care team to ensure optimal success.