What is a PHYSIATRIST?
What we are-
•We are medical doctors with four years of specialized training in the evaluation and non-surgical management of problems involving the nervous system, muscles, bones, discs, tendons and ligaments.
•Dr. Bainbridge is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) physician.
•Dr. Bainbridge is known as an “interventional” physiatrist; making use of injection procedures for diagnosis and pain relief.
•PMR physicians may also pursue additional certification in sports, pain and/or electro-diagnostic (EMG) medicine. Dr. Bainbridge is board certified in both Pain Medicine (ABPM) and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM).
What we do-
Our goal is to facilitate our patients’ return to functional and fulfilling activities, and to promote healthy lifestyle changes by:
•Providing a thorough evaluation of patients with neck or back problems through history and physical examination
and, when necessary, use of diagnostic tools such as imaging studies, diagnostic blocks, laboratory tests and
•Educating patients about their conditions and the various treatment options.
•Leading and coordinating individualized spine/pain treatment plans, often incorporating a team of other spine – specialized medical professionals.
Individualized treatment plans often include:
•Physical therapy to promote strength, flexibility and healthier movement patterns.
•Medication use, which can help ease pain and facilitate a return to function.
•Prudent use of procedures such as spinal injections to facilitate your rehabilitation.
•Complementary and alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic or massage treatments when
•If necessary, timely referral to a specifically trained orthopedic or neurological surgeon for those problems not responsive to non-surgical care.
Additional information regarding the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation can be found at: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) http://www.aapmr.org/patients/aboutpmr/Pages/physiatrist.aspx www.aapmr.org