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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Explained

November 19, 2018 at 8:24 AM

One of  Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa’s newly introduced medical clinics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), is sparking a new level of patient care in the Corridor that incorporates treatments across several medical areas.

PMR, which is also called physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, focuses on restoring functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Physiatrists are trained physicians whose certifying body is the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Unlike other medical specialties that focus on a medical “cure,” physiatrists work to help patients cope with their disabilities, and improve their quality of life and daily independence.

Most physiatrists have a broad range of knowledge, including musculoskeletal, neurological, rheumatological and cardiovascular systems and work with medical teams across the entire organization, including orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, oncologists and physical therapists to develop nonsurgical treatments and interventions to decrease pain and enhance performance.

James E. Huber, DO, and Justin J. Gilbert, MD, in the PMR department at PCI, are both physiatrists, but practice in different, yet complementary, areas. Dr. Huber specializes in disabilities that may arise from the musculoskeletal or neurologic systems. He frequently treats neck/back pain, occupational/sports injuries, acute/chronic pain, stroke, amputations and painful conditions resulting from various hereditary conditions and acquired diseases. Treatments may include medications, ultrasound guided peripheral joint injections, electrodiagnosis, prosthetics/orthotics, physical or occupational therapy and/or manual medicine. In addition to adult patient population, Dr. Huber has specialized training in the treatment of pediatric disabilities, with a focus on spasticity and bracing needs.

Dr. Gilbert specializes in musculoskeletal medicine with a primary focus on conservative and interventional care of the spine, including arthritis, degenerative disc diseases, disc herniation, and radiating pain. He uses digital imaging tools, such as a fluoroscope, to administer steroid and nerve blocking injections to the spine and other peripheral joints.

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact PCI’s PMR clinic at (319) 247-3670.


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