The Patient Experience

At the Physiatry Medical Group, our goal is to offer each patient an accurate diagnosis, pinpoint the physical and emotional barriers to recovery, and develop a rehabilitation and care plan to optimize your performance.

Patient Consultation

During your initial visit, your physiatrist will complete a thorough physical exam, and ask a variety of questions to gain a better understanding of your unique conditions.

Diagnostic Imaging

Your physiatrist may order diagnostic imaging including:

  • X-Ray
  • MRI
  • EMG (electromyography)
  • NCS (nerve conduction studies)

Minimally invasive pain management procedures

While our long term approach is exercised based, we also want to ensure that we can help you alleviate acute pain as soon as possible. This will also put you in a better position to be begin your long term rehabilitation.

All of our minimally invasive procedures are performed at the Peninsula Procedure Center in Redwood City. Commonly prescribed procedures include:

  • Epidural Injections (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Spinal Joint Blocks
  • Injections
  • Rhizotomy
  • IDET (intradiscal electrothermal therapy)
  • Percutaneous Discectomy

Procedures may be indicated at various intervals throughout your rehabilitation.

Long term rehabilitation plan

Physiatry promotes an exercise-based approach to long term rehabilitation.

Scientific studies clearly validate that specific spine stabilizing exercises can be an effective treatment for a variety of spinal conditions, and can help prevent recurrences. Additionally, education regarding posture and body mechanics has been shown to reduce work place injuries and disability.

We incorporate many different forms of exercise and balance training to improve our patient’s spinal performance and health. We have been using yoga, pilates, feldenkrais techniques and tai chi training for over 25 years in our practice, in addition to traditional strength building exercises. In some cases a weight loss component is included in the plan.