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Physiatry or physical medicine is a specialty dedicated to restoring or maximizing function and independence in a patient with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Altru's physiatrist's work closely with the rehabilitation team to provide patients' comprehensive care.

Physiatry provides integrated care in the treatment of all neurologic and musculoskeletal disabilities from traumatic brain injury to lower back pain. The specialty focuses on the restoration of function to people with problems ranging from simple physical mobility issues to those with complex cognitive involvement.

Altru's Physiatry is located on the main level of Altru 1300 Columbia. For more information or to make an appointment, call 701.780.2300.

What is a Physiatrist

Physiatrists are specialists who see patients of all ages and provide care in three major areas:

  • Diagnosis and treatment

These include sports or anything from work injuries to degenerative conditions, such as arthritis or low back pain.

  • Electrodiagnostic medicine

Physiatrists have special training in electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCV). The NCV procedure is used to evaluate various neurologic and myopathic disorders.

  • Rehabilitation

The physiatrist directs a comprehensive rehabilitation team of professionals that may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and others. Physiatrists treat various neurologic rehabilitation conditions including stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Many other disabling conditions, such as amputations, multiple trauma, burns, and sports injuries, are treated as well.

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