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Rehabilitation Medicine – Medicine’s Best Kept Secret

Rehabilitation Medicine physicians, also known as physiatrists, aim to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Specialized in treating a wide variety of conditions and injuries, Rehabilitation Medicine specialists employ a number of clinically proven, outcome-focused treatments that are designed to help you heal and recover faster. Using their in-depth understanding of how all the body’s systems are connected, these specialists customize minimally invasive treatments and optimize rehabilitation for each individual patient — often at a lower overall cost than traditional treatments.

Rehabilitation Medicine specialists strive to treat the whole patient (not just the specific injury or condition) in order to improve overall recovery and prevent pain from recurring. These medical doctors have completed training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation which provides them with additional training in evaluating and treating patients with short- and long-term physical impairments and disabilities that result from musculoskeletal conditions.

Rehabilitation Medicine specialists plan treatment based on a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, X-rays, and laboratory tests. They can use electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction tests to evaluate nerve and muscle function. In coordination with the rehabilitation team, the goal is to improve function in your daily activities. Throughout the course of your treatment, your progress is carefully tracked until your symptoms have resolved or stabilized.

The treatments offered at Arthritis & Sports for pain is a multifaceted approach that is custom-tailored to each patient's individual needs, with treatments that utilize a combination of minimally invasive procedures with medically supervised exercise therapies, medications, and orthotics. Our PM&R physician uses pain treatments to help bring severe pain under control so that patients can start to engage in and benefit from other rehabilitation services. This allows us to treat not just your symptoms, but also the root cause of your pain. Some of the treatments that we utilize include:

  • Epidural Injections - reduces the inflammation around the spinal nerves to treat many spinal conditions

  • Viscosupplementation - reduces osteoarthritis symptoms by artificially supplementing the joint fluid's natural viscosity

  • Facet Joint Blocks - used to treat patients who have pain in their back as a result of arthritis changes

  • Radiofrequency Ablation - provides relief from joint pain caused by arthritis or other degenerative changes, such as knee pain and back pain

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation - modifies nerve activity along the spine to minimize the sensation of pain

  • Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Decompression - provides relief from back pain and numbness caused by the narrowing of spinal canals

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections - promotes the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints

  • Neuropathic Pain Medicine Therapy - helps treat pain caused by damage to the nerves

  • Transdermal Pain Creams - treatment for muscle pain relief that can target various pain pathways

  • Vertebral Augmentation - used to stabilize a fractured vertebra in order to reduce a patient's pain

  • Kyphoplasty - treatment for spinal compression fractures, commonly linked to osteoporosis

  • Trigger Point Injections - a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain knots of muscle, which form when muscles do not relax

  • Occipital Nerve Blocks - reduces pain caused by the inflammation and swelling of tissue around the nerves located just above the back of the neck

  • Low Profile Orthopaedic Bracing - these can provide control and support to treat numerous problems including pain, muscle weakness, sprains, and strains

Whether arthritis keeps you from gardening or a knee injury has sidelined your daughter from the lacrosse team, our Rehabilitation Medicine provider can create a custom treatment plan to help you or your loved ones enjoy life again. We invite you to call us at 703.444.5000 or click here to request an appointment with one of the physicians at Arthritis & Sports. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and tips from us, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up for our monthly newsletterfor even more information sent straight to your inbox!



Arthritis & Sports is the premier orthopaedics practice in Northern Virginia. Our team of specialty-trained physicians offers the latest treatment options for the full spectrum of orthopaedic sub-specialties - all under one roof.


From nonsurgical treatments like orthobiologics and physical therapy, to massage therapy and  nutrition counseling, we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional care from injury through rehabilitation.

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