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.