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At OrthoCarolina, our physiatrists treat patients of all ages for conditions ranging from the developmental disabilities of childhood to the acute injuries of adulthood and finally to the chronic diseases associated with aging. A major component of physiatry is that the care focuses on creating a comprehensive program for patients after injury or disease -- without surgery.

The physiatrists at OrthoCarolina are sub-specialized and often treat spinal problems with medications or physical therapy. While these providers are non-operative they are trained in various spinal injections that are often done under fluoroscopy, such as X-ray. OrthoCarolina physiatrists also perform electrodiagnostic studies, more commonly known as “nerve studies”, to help diagnose various neurologic problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Patients are referred to physiatrists by a wide variety of healthcare professionals including primary physicians, medical specialists in all fields, vocational counselors, social workers, and insurance companies. When a physiatrist develops a plan for care, they design it around the patient’s lifestyle, trying to make the patient as self-sufficient as possible while keeping them active and healthy. Oftentimes they will involve other medical providers in the plan for various treatments such as physical therapy or neurology.

    What is Physiatry?

    Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and are trained to diagnose, treat and direct a rehabilitation plan that provides the best possible outcomes for their patients.

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    Exploring the Body from the Inside Out: Spine

    In the spine edition of our Orthopedic Anatomy Series: Exploring Your Body from the Inside Out, we look at the causes and treatments of back pain and common spine ailments.

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    Back on Your Feet: Sciatic Pain Relief

    The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, so it’s not surprising that when it flares up, it feels intense.

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    Orthopedic Anatomy Event Series

    Discussing orthopedic injuries and topics that affect you most. Watch our live stream on Facebook & YouTube (@orthocarolina).

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    Your Top Questions about Fluoroscopically-Guided Injections, Answered

    Fluoroscopically-guided steroid injections can be an extremely effective method of treating back pain or joint pain without surgery. Here are some of your most pressing questions about these injections, answered.

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    What to Know About Fluoroscopically-Guided Injections, and Where to Get Them in Charlotte

    Fluoroscopically-guided injections are a non-operative, conservative method of treatment for ongoing and chronic back pain or joint pain.

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    Epidural Steroid Injections: Everything You Need to Know

    Dr. Ciaccia of OrthoCarolina Gastonia performs an epidural steroid injection and explains how it works.

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    What is a Physiatrist?

    Physiatry, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), is a field of medicine that is designed to improve and maximize function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions. Physiatrists are experts on the bones, muscles and nerves that control how your body is affected by trauma like spinal cord damage, sports injuries, limb amputations, strokes and other musculoskeletal conditions.

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    EMG – What to Know

    An electrodiagnostic study (EMG/NCS) is a diagnostic assessment of the electrical activity of your nerves and muscles to see how well they function, and is sometimes recommended for patients with neck, back, arm or leg pain.

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    FAQs About Joint Replacement Surgery - Pain Management

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