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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Mercy's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation providers, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions that have affected the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons.

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Through conservative treatment options, our physiatrists work with the patient to develop a plan of care that helps to manage pain, maximize function and improve quality of life.

Physiatrists determine and lead a treatment/prevention plan. Our non-surgical approach to treatment favors less extreme interventions before resorting to costly surgical procedures. If indicated, we offer prompt referrals to physical therapy, neurosurgery, anesthesia pain control, orthopedic surgery and behavioral health specialists. Mercy’s physiatrists consider all of the options available to help patients get on the path to improved function and less pain. We treat the whole person, not just the problem area.

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Conditions Treated

Mercy’s physiatrists assess, evaluate and treat many problems in different areas of medicine.

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis/Joint Pain
  • Back/Neck Pain
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Illness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Pain after Accident or Injury
  • Spasticity/Dystonia
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports Injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


  • Amputee Clinic with Prosthetic/Orthotic Evaluations
  • Botox for Chronic Migraines
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Chemodenervation
  • Clinical Pharmacist & Medication Review
  • Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Management
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine
  • Spasticity/Dystonia Management
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Ultrasound Guided Joint, Soft Tissue, and Nerve Injections
  • Wheelchair Clinic

Sometimes, additional treatment is needed. Mercy's physiatrists work physical therapy, neurosurgery, pain control, orthopedic surgeons and behavioral health specialists. We consider all of the options available and help you get on the path to improved movement and less pain.

Sports Rehabilitation

Athletes of all types are subjected to the risk of sudden injury. Injuries stemming from overuse can range from minor to career-ending. When an injury does occur, getting back in playing form is every athlete’s goal.  The experts at Mercy Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation can help athletes achieve full function following an injury.

Sports injuries are often treated using: EMG and nerve conduction studies, trigger point injections, joint injections (ultrasound and select fluoroscopic guided) and osteopathic manipulation.

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