When It Comes To Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation, Physiatrists Are The Doctors To Turn To.

Physiatrists specialize in restoring the functionality of individuals living with physical disabilities or impairments. A physiatrist’s goal is to help the patient recover their functional well-being and return to a healthy and functional life. They care for individuals dealing with various disabling conditions such as neurological disorders, spinal injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, strokes, development disorders, chronic pains, and traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) may occur due to a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. They can worsen rapidly if the appropriate treatment is not administered. The USA had a record of about 5.5 million individuals living with Traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can be treated with medications, surgery, or therapy, depending on their severity. Physiatrists are available at Westchester Healthcare to treat and care for patients with traumatic brain injuries and other neurologic or musculoskeletal disorders. They manage the injured body part and care for the patient’s physical, medical, and emotional health throughout the entire recovery period.

Spinal injuries

This is damage to the spinal cord, which causes temporary or permanent functional changes. Symptoms may include loss of sensation or muscle function. Depending on its severity, the symptoms may vary from numbness to incontinence. Every year, about 10,000 people survive spinal cord injury. Some disabilities that occur due to spinal cord injuries can be treated via surgery to straighten the spine or drugs that would help manage the symptoms.


This pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the upper part of the leg to the lower part. Some of the symptoms are numbness, sharp, or dull pain. In severe cases, it would be difficult for the sufferer to stand or walk. Treatment can be in the form of steroids or strong analgesics. The second part has to do with exercises to prevent flare-ups in the future and to speed up recovery. Some roles of Physiatrists at Westchester Healthcare are;

Medical Health Management

The treatment of all medical issues relating to impaired bodily function is the priority of a physiatrist. They aim to give the highest level of care possible, which may involve working with other physicians.

Restoring Bodily Functions

In the quest to restore the functionality of the patients, the physiatrist will lead teams of physicians who will help the patient attain the highest level of health and adapt to new ways of doing things when needed.


They also provide relevant information to the patients and their relatives. They help patients understand their injuries and provide the proper care and assistance through the recovery process.

Are you experiencing blackouts, dizziness, fainting spells, fatigue, slurred speech, stiff muscles, nausea or vomiting? Do well to give us a call us on (347) 851-6633 and (347) 851-6634.  Our team of expert physiatrists are available to help you deal with these issues.


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