October 10, 2018

When should I visit a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor?

Non-operative Care


A physiatrist, also referred to as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist or a non-operative pain management doctor, focuses on treating a multitude of medical, neurologic and orthopedic conditions in a non-operative approach through the use of medication, therapy and minimally invasive procedures.

Physiatrists focus on how pain and physical limitations affect function and your daily quality of life. Through a thorough examination and appropriate diagnostic testing, they determine the best course of treatment for your condition.

If you are experiencing pain for an extended period of time, or you are under the care of a primary care physician and still experiencing pain, it might be time to seek help from a physiatrist.

At OrthoIndy, our physiatrists focus on conditions that may be causing your pain and how they can relieve your pain in a non-operative approach.

“I chose physical medicine and rehabilitation as a specialty due to the team-oriented approach to patient care and the emphasis on improving patients’ functional abilities regardless of whether or not they can be fully cured,” said Dr. Ronald Miller, OrthoIndy physiatrist.

What does a physiatrist treat?

  • Spinal injuries
  • Nerve-related pain
  • Joint pain
  • Ligament injuries
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Tendon injuries

When should you see a physiatrist?

  • You have an injury or chronic condition that is taking a toll on your quality of life
  • You were in an accident and it left you in pain
  • You do not want to rely on pain medication
  • You have pain from arthritis
  • You have back or neck pain
  • You were told you weren’t a candidate for surgery, but you are still in pain

“If you have pain related to an acute or a chronic condition, an OrthoIndy physiatrist will be able to provide you with a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan,” said Dr. Miller.

Make an appointment or learn more about non-surgical orthopedic care at OrthoIndy.

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Megan Golden

By Megan Golden

Megan Golden worked at OrthoIndy from 2012 to 2019, where she wrote a variety of content for our blog, magazines and inbound campaigns. Megan graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising and communications studies minor.

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