A Physiatrist (fiz-eye-ah-trist) is a medical doctor trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. These doctors look at the whole patient to improve motion. They are experts in the function of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons, as well as the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. They focus on improving the function of your body and reducing disability.

CHA’s Physiatrists work within the Department of Orthopaedics and provide non-surgical care. This may include detailed evaluations of musculoskeletal problems and neurological conditions and oversight of treatment. They also do some procedures, like injections to improve mobility and/or reduce pain. They work closely with Orthopaedic Surgeons and Rheumatologists as well as Physical and Occupational Therapists.

CHA Physiatrists are not specialists in comprehensive pain management. Although they may consult with difficult pain cases, they do not provide long-term medication management or behavioral health services.

What Physiatrists Do:

  • Diagnosis of bone, muscle, joint, and nerve conditions
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Office procedures, like steroid and joint injections
  • Spasticity management, including nerve blocks
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Medial branch blocks

    Contact Us

  • Bone & Joint Center

    P: (617) 665-1566 F: (617) 665-2699
  • Sports Medicine

    P: (617) 665-2007 F: (617) 665-2699