Often referred to as “functional” medicine, physiatry is offered as an outpatient service through St. Luke’s. St. Luke’s physiatrists work to maximize functional independence for patients who have experienced acute trauma or chronic conditions such as:
- Brain injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
St. Luke’s physiatrists address the function of the whole patient and work as part of a team to tailor specific treatments with the ultimate goal of improving overall quality of life.
Physiatry – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physiatry or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a specialty with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurologic, traumatic, acute and chronic conditions. St. Luke’s physiatrists use a holistic approach and work as part of a team to tailor specific treatments to each patient with the ultimate goal of improving overall quality of life. Programs are tailored to address each individual patient’s needs.
A physiatrist can determine a plan of care and offer the following:
- Determine if a patient requires outpatient, inpatient, skilled nursing facility, or home level rehabilitation services
- Collaborate with other physicians, physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), speech and language pathologists (SLPs), social workers, case managers
- Write individualized therapy prescriptions
- Determine shoe wear, bracing, prosthetics, orthotics, equipment needs (i.e. back braces, canes, walker, wheelchair)
- Personalize exercise plans
- Utilize medications, injections, assistive technology when appropriate
- Provide a thorough musculoskeletal and gait analysis
- Educate patients and families
- Assist in conservative pain management plans
- Provide functional assessments and prognosis
St. Luke’s outpatient physiatry offices are located in Bethlehem and Allentown.
For referrals or more information, call 484-526-5210.