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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Why choose Ochsner Health for your physical medicine and rehabilitation care?

A disability, illness or injury affects more than a particular part of the body — it affects how your body works as a whole and impacts your quality of life. Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, also called physiatrists, are specially trained to take a big-picture look at medical conditions and how they affect the things you need and want to do. Our goal is to help you become or stay as active, healthy and independent as possible. Ochsner’s board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians provide customized, patient-centered care in several programs throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.

Ochsner’s physical medicine and rehabilitation team includes fellowship-trained physicians with expertise in specialty areas, such as back and spine health, neuroscience and sports medicine. We work closely with other physicians and allied healthcare experts in multidisciplinary teams to create treatment plans tailored to your personal needs. Our holistic view of health allows us to choose treatment options that not only address your medical condition but also restore functional abilities and fit your lifestyle and goals.

The Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital, one of our physical medicine and rehabilitation inpatient locations, was ranked No. 1 in Louisiana by Newsweek in 2022.

The Ochsner physical medicine and rehabilitation team treats a variety of conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, muscles and joints. No matter the condition, we strive to help our patients reach their health goals and live their best life.

In inpatient settings, we frequently work with people recovering from an amputation, cardiac condition, joint replacement, spinal cord injury or stroke. Many of these patients continue to see a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in an outpatient clinic once they transition home.

Additionally, our outpatient clinics treat patients with additional acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis — a rupture that affects the back of the lower leg

  • Deconditioning following cancer treatment — when patients may lose physical or mental changes after a period of inactivity

  • Fibromyalgia — widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body

  • Multiple sclerosis — a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Rotator cuff injury

  • Spina bifida — a birth defect that affects the spine

  • Traumatic brain injury

Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians are also an essential part of our multidisciplinary teams that treat:

Children can also see a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Ochsner Hospital for Children.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors perform diagnostic tests and provide a variety of nonsurgical treatments. The testing or treatment you receive will be specific to your medical condition and how it’s affecting your life.

Common diagnostic tests include:

  • Electromyography, or EMG. This test measures electrical signals from the muscles. It’s used to determine if weakness is due to a condition affecting muscles or nerves.

  • Nerve conduction study. In this test to check for nerve damage, the doctor measures how fast signals travel from the brain to specific nerves.

Ochsner physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors offer several cutting-edge treatment options, including:

  • Advanced injection therapies, including platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injection therapies. These treatments use natural materials from your blood or bone marrow to alleviate pain and stimulate healing.

  • MedX Lumbar and Cervical Extension machines. These specially designed machines connect with software to test the strength of muscles that support the spine. The results are used to create a customized, dynamic exercise program that you do on the same machines.

  • Prolotherapy. This treatment consists of injections into an injured joint over several weeks. The shots contain a substance that irritates the joint slightly to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.

  • Tenex. This quick, minimally invasive procedure helps heal injured tendons. Ultrasound imaging allows the doctor to look inside the joint during the procedure. Then, ultrasonic energy is used to remove damaged tissue.

Other treatments might include:

  • Botox injections to address spasticity in the muscles due to cerebral palsy, stroke or other neurological condition

  • Cold or heat therapies

  • Corticosteroid injections

  • Massage

  • Medication

We know you need care beyond our clinic walls. Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists partner with other healthcare experts to help you bring the benefits of treatment into the community and your home.

We often prescribe treatment provided by allied healthcare professionals who support your daily life and improve functionality, including:

Your care team may also recommend equipment to improve your independence or safety, including:

  • Adaptive equipment and assistive technology

  • Braces or splints

  • Communication devices

  • Durable medical equipment, such as a bedside commode or shower chair

  • Mobility devices, such as a cane, walker or wheelchair

  • Prosthetics

After making their recommendations, your physician will refer you to specialists who can ensure you get equipment that fits you well and meets your unique needs.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors also partner with interventional pain management doctors when needed.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Locations

Ochsner LSU Health - Viking Drive, Multispecialty Center
4481 Viking Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Pascagoula Medical Park Rehabilitation
3101 Denny Ave, , Suite 120
Pascagoula, MS 39581
  • Mon – Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Ocean Springs Spine & Orthopedic Rehabilitation
3603 Bienville Blvd, , Suite 200
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
  • Mon – Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Elmwood
1201 South Clearview Parkway , Building B
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner St. Mary
1125 Marguerite St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Center - St. Patrick
401 Dr. Michael Debakey Drive , 1st Floor
Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Mon – Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner West Campus
2614 Jefferson Highway
Jefferson, LA 70121
St. Charles Parish Hospital
1057 Paul Maillard Road
Luling, LA 70070
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
180 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.