Physiatry Treatment | Non-Surgical Treatment - Allentown and Lehighton, PA

Board-Certified Physiatrists in Lehigh Valley, PA

OAA's physical medicine specialists (physiatrists) are specially trained in treating patients with musculoskeletal, neurological, and biomechanical disorders. Our physiatrists offer an aggressive yet non-surgical approach to pain and injury, and are often the ideal choice for treating a wide variety of diseases and conditions. 

We take a holistic approach to healing by treating the whole patient, not just the patient's symptoms. We share our medical knowledge with you to help you understand your condition, and provide you with the tools and resources to manage it. Request an appointment with one of our physiatrists today to learn more!

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Specialist - Physical Medicine

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Allentown Office
Lehighton Office
['Spine', 'Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation']
['Allentown Office', 'Lehighton Office']

FAQs on Physical Medicine: 

What is Physical Medicine?

Physical medicine, also known as physiatry, is a branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, and biomechanical disorders. Physiatrists are experts in designing patient-centered treatment plans that maximize the quality of life and physical function of patients without surgical intervention. 

What Do Physiatrists Treat?

Physiatrists focus on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of symptoms such as:

  •  Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Weakness
  • Nerve and muscle problems

What Causes Musculoskeletal Pain?

The symptoms outlined above can be caused by a variety of health conditions or injuries, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal trauma
  • Peripheral vascular disease (including amputations)
  • Work and sports related injuries
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Strokes

What Can I Expect During a Physical Medicine Visit?

An OAA physiatrist will perform a thorough medical history and physical examination to find the source of your pain, injury, or disability. 

The doctor may perform an electromyogram (EMG), which allows them to study the electrical activity inside your muscles. An EMG involves the insertion of small electrode needles into muscle tissue, where it then records the electrical activity of muscles. 

Your physical medicine treatment plan may consist of: 

  • Specific therapy programs
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Splinting and braces
  • Referrals to appropriate consultants