What is the Physiatrist's Role in Treatment?


A physiatrist may treat patients directly, lead an interdisciplinary team or act as a consultant. Special techniques in electrodiagnostic medicine such as electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction studies, and somatosensory evoked potentials may be used. These techniques help the physiatrist to evaluate and diagnose conditions that cause pain, weakness and numbness.


Physiatrists offer a broad range of medical services. They may perform minimally invasive surgery and they may prescribe drugs or assistive devices, such as a braces, orthotic devices or artificial limbs. With a strong understanding of ergonomics, physiatrists can advise patients about correct posture and behavior modification to prevent injuries. They also use therapies such as heat and cold, electrotherapies, massage, biofeedback, traction, therapeutic exercise, injection techniques including joint, trigger point, spinal or selective nerve injections.


Rehabilitation Facts and Treatment Modalities

Dr. Wrightson currently performs all of the following procedures at his New Castle PA office: