Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists focus on restoring function to those suffering from physical ailments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Also referred to as Physiatrists, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists aim to provide specialized treatment plans to help patients of all ages regain their quality of life. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation takes a multi-faceted approach to evaluate each individual patient and determine how their current impairment(s) affect different aspects of their life. While Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists may not completely eliminate a patient’s pain, Physiatrists maximize physical function while greatly decreasing the patients pain and attempting to avoid surgery.

 With offices in Arlington, Mansfield, Irving, Midlothian, Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Fort Worth, the Physiatrists at AOA Orthopedic Specialists helps patients all across the DFW Metroplex get the comfort and quality of their lives back everyday.


Should I see a Physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist?

Do not confuse Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Physical Therapy. Physiatrists have obtained their Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and have completed a residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Unlike Physical Therapists, Physiatrists can diagnose injuries or illnesses, prescribe medications, and design the protocols used by physical therapists. While they may work together closely, the two fields remain quite different.

A patient should seek out treatment from a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist if experiencing any the following:

  • Contemplating a surgery due to chronic pain
  • Experiencing an injury or nerve damage that limits physical function and activity
  • Suffering from chronic pain (i.e back pain, neck pain, chronic pain caused by arthritis)
  • Have a disability or illness that causes pain and limits physical function

Call 817-375-5200 to schedule an appointment with an AOA Physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist today!

Below you will find a series of procedures and treatments commonly performed by Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists in detail.