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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.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Justin Knight, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Justin R. Knight, MD, to its network of care at Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. The physician practice provides comprehensive orthopaedic care and services, including arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle; total shoulder and knee replacement; partial knee replacement; and ACL reconstruction.

knight_justinA Lexington native, Dr. Knight is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He went on to complete fellowship training in sports medicine at the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute in Miami.

During his fellowship, Dr. Knight was actively involved in the care of high school, collegiate and professional athletes, including players for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida International University Panthers, as well as MMA and UFC fighters. He was also part of the Miami Dolphins medical staff at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Knight worked in private practice in South Florida after his training, treating a wide variety of sports, trauma and general orthopaedic conditions, and he served as the team physician for Johnson & Wales University in North Miami.

He specializes in sports medicine, as well as arthroscopic and open management of shoulder, knee and elbow conditions. In addition to treating elite and recreational competitors and non-athletes with musculoskeletal symptoms, Dr. Knight has specific interest in shoulder reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, knee ligamentous reconstruction, knee arthroscopy, cartilage restoration, sports injury management and fracture care.

Dr. Knight is accepting new patients. To learn more or make an appointment, visit SEOrthopaedic.com.

Pain in the Knee? Helpful Points for Your Joints

Dr. David Lee of Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, an LMC physician practice, was a guest on WLTX to talk about knee problems. In the video below, he explains the anatomy of the knee and what factors lead to a patient needing knee replacement.

Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine offers comprehensive care for all of your orthopedic needs. You can learn more about the services the practice offers by visiting their website here.