The Physiatrist Is In!

Think cutting edge – without the cut.

Not every ailing knee needs a replacement, not every back injury requires surgery, and the carpal tunnel syndrome acquired through work can heal with therapy. So, after that twinge, bad joint twist, or back stiffness, it’s good to know there are nonsurgical treatment options.

Enter physiatrists. Physiatrists (fiz-ee-a-trists), and physiatry (fi-zē-ˈa-trē), are devoted to nonsurgical treatment of painful nerve, joint, muscle conditions and is the most direct route to reclaim mobility and quality of life. Also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, physiatrists diagnose and treat both acute pain and chronic pain and specialize in a wide variety of nonsurgical treatments of the musculoskeletal system. According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) physicians,

Consistent with that belief, doctors and staff at Southwest Spine & Sports pursue the goal of restoring patients’ functions so they regain the quality of life they’ve been missing. SWSS offers a wealth of resources, including the status of all five doctors being board-certified physiatrists to treat spine conditions and injuries from sports, nerve conditions, and work situations. Back injuries, rotator cuff ailments, and a variety of muscle and joint injuries likewise benefit from the nonsurgical approach of SWSS physiatrists.

SWSS physiatrist Dr. Lata Kumaraswamy explains her outlook. “I am a firm believer that proper medical care involves a strong relationship between patient and physician,” Dr. K says. “I take great pride in taking time to learn what is important to patients and how a particular diagnosis affects their lives.”

That means considering the whole body and lifestyle of patients, Dr. K adds, to understand the impact of any treatment.

SWSS carries on the tradition, offering nonsurgical solutions for conditions that affect the spine, including arthritis, disc degeneration, herniated discs, sciatica, and whiplash. All five MDs at SWSS are physiatrists and treat many other cases of injuries such as bursitis, tendinitis, and damaged ligaments from sports-related activities. Patients seek SWSS specialists for nerve- and work-related injuries, too, including neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome.

While Southwest Spine & Sports patients experience a wide range of injuries and ailments, they also share one major attribute, according to Dr. K. “We look at each patient as an individual case with unique goals to improve their health without surgery.”

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