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Oftentimes, an individual who experiences back pain may be unsure of where to turn first but, according to Coordinated Health Physiatrist, Dr. Vikram Arora, he should be the first stop on your road to recovery.
“Back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Approximately 80% of individuals will have an episode of low back pain in their lifetime. Our goal at Coordinated Health is to identify the exact cause of your pain and get you better as quickly as possible,” explained Dr. Arora.
What is a Physiatrist?
A physiatrist is also known as a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician. PM&R physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating multiple neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. The physiatrists at Coordinated Health are Fellowship-Trained in performing minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to treat your pain. Our team of Physiatrists, including Dr. Arora, use a multidisciplinary treatment program to get you better faster. That program includes Physical Therapy, Chiropractic therapy, Medications, and Interventional Spine procedures.
“I find that patients can be unsure of who to turn to first when they experience back pain. On many occasions, a patient will be in extreme pain and feel confident that their only option is surgery. In fact, the vast majority of patients with back pain do not need surgical procedures. Most patients will improve with a physician directed conservative care program, which may include minimally invasive procedures like epidural steroid injections. In cases where patients have failed conservative treatment or there is a neurologic injury, surgery may be necessary for an optimal outcome.” stressed Dr. Arora.
Why visit a Physiatrist first?
Physiatrists are experts in neurologic conditions and musculoskeletal medicine. The spine, in particular, is a very complex structure. There are many areas of the spine that can cause pain. Physiatrists can make an accurate diagnosis and determine the exact source of your pain. Once that area is identified, the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. The Physiatry team works closely with the orthopedic surgeons and help to identify those patients who may require surgery.