What is a Physiatrist?
We are a practice of medical physicians and mid-level providers in the Denver & Greenwood Village area with greater than 30 years of combined experience in the specialized evaluation and non-surgical management of problems involving the nervous system, muscles, bones, discs, tendons and ligaments.
The medical specialty of Physiatry is also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or PMR. A major focus of the field involves the diagnosis of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions through the use of a range of clinical exams, imaging studies, and other diagnostic tests, the formulation of a comprehensive treatment plan, and providing non-surgical treatments to improve pain and other symptoms with the goal of improving function. Treatments may include physical therapy, massage, dry needling, and other physical medicine related treatments, interventional or injection related treatments which may include regenerative medicine treatment, spinal cord stimulation, pain psychology approaches, and medication management strategies.
- Dr. J. Scott Bainbridge is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) and Pain Medicine
- Dr. Drew Trainor is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) and Pain Medicine
PMR physicians may also pursue additional certification in sports, pain, and/or electro-diagnostic (EMG) medicine. Both Dr. Bainbridge and Dr. Trainor are board certified in Pain Medicine.
What do Physiatrists do?
Our goal as Denver rehab specialists 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, back, other musculoskeletal, or neurological problems through history and physical examination and, when necessary, use of diagnostic tools such as imaging studies, diagnostic blocks, laboratory tests and electrical/nerve studies.
- 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 and pain 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 rehabilitation.
- Complementary and alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic or massage treatments when indicated.
- Use of emerging regenerative medicine approaches to promote healing of tissues and reduce symptoms that have not responded to more conservative treatments.
- If necessary, timely referral to a specifically trained orthopedic or neurological surgeon for those problems not responsive to non-surgical care.
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