Archive | June 2, 2017

Understanding Physiatry

Physiatry is a branch of medicine that helps people with injuries or conditions affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments or nervous systems.

At Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, William R. Westerkam, MD, FAAPMR, is a physiatrist who treats brain and spine injuries, strokes, sports injuries, traumatic brain injuries, musculoskeletal issues affecting the knees and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. He talked about his specialty in this WLTX TV segment.

Physiatry began after World War II when doctors were treating many military members with injuries such as amputations, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. The goal was to reintegrate them back into society as independently as possible. Physiatrists also helped polio patients in the 1950s.

Physiatrists have a variety of ways of helping patients including designing treatment plans that include medications, injections and physical therapy. They can also treat sports injuries that do not require surgery such as overuse injuries, rotator cuff problems, injured knees and back problems.

At Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, Dr. Westerkam works with a multidisciplinary team of physicians – including pain management specialists and neurosurgeons – to find the best plan of treatment.

Visit LexingtonBrainandSpine.com.