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Frequently Asked Questions


What is electrodiagnostic medicine?

For diagnosis and evaluation, a physiatrist may include the techniques of electromyography to complement the standard history, physical, x-ray, and laboratory
examinations. Dr. Watson has expertise in the appropriate use of therapeutic exercise, prosthetics (artificial limbs), orthotics and mechanical and electrical devices.

How do physiatrists differ from physical therapists?

Physiatrists are medical doctors who have undergone medical school and training in the specialty field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists diagnose illnesses, design treatment plans and can prescribe medications when needed. Physiatrists tailor exercise programs to specific patients needs and prescribe treatment regimens that are utilized by therapists. A physical therapist is not a medical doctor and cannot prescribe medications but supervises exercise and rehabilitation programs with the goal of improving function. Physical therapists utilize treatment plans that are prescribed by physiatrists and other physicians.

When should I see a physiatrist?

You should plan to see a physiatrist if:
o You experienced an injury causing pain and/or impedes your daily life
o You have limited physical function and pain after an illness, disability
o You are experiencing chronic back pain, neck pain, pain from a repetitive stress injury, or chronic pain from arthritis
o You have had a stroke or other nerve damage, limiting your daily physical activity
o You are recovering from surgery
o You are contemplating surgery as a means to diminish chronic pain