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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a physiatrist? A physiatrist (fiz-EYE-a-trist), a rehabilitation physician, is a medical doctor with expertise in diagnosing and restoring function following injuries or illnesses.

Rehabilitation physicians are experts with nerve, muscle, and bone injuries or movement-related illnesses. These specialists have completed training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). With an awareness of the body, they can more accurately pinpoint problems, decrease pain, and increase performance without surgery.

Rehabilitation physicians treat various problems, including sore shoulders and spinal cord injuries. Physicians take the necessary time to locate the source of an ailment, then design a treatment plan to be carried out by individual patients or with assistance from a rehabilitation physician’s medical team. These teams may include other physicians and health professionals, including neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists.

By utilizing appropriate treatment plans, a rehabilitation physician can help a patient stay as active as possible regardless of age. Broad medical expertise allows them to treat severe and disabling conditions at any point in their lifetime.
How can a physiatrist help you?

A physiatrist can help you in several ways:

  1. Diagnosis and Evaluation: Physiatrists undergo thorough training to accurately evaluate your medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests to diagnose your condition.
  2. Develop A Treatment Plan: After diagnosing your condition, the physiatrist will develop a personalized treatment plan that may include physical therapy, medication, injection therapy, or other interventions.
  3. Pain Management: Physiatrists undergo training to effectively manage pain, including chronic pain, musculoskeletal pain, and nerve pain.
  4. Rehabilitation: Physiatrists specialize in restoring function and mobility after an injury or illness. They can help you recover from surgery, a stroke, or a traumatic brain injury.
  5. Preventative Care: Physiatrists can also provide preventive care by recommending exercises and lifestyle modifications that can help prevent injuries or conditions from developing.

A physiatrist can help you regain function and improve your quality of life by providing a comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

How is The Office of Dr. Overton different from other practices?

The Office of Dr. Overton specializes in addiction treatment and spine pain management. Our practice takes a compassionate approach to addiction treatment, recognizing that it can affect anyone and being a safe space for those seeking help. Our team offers modern treatment solutions to help patients maintain their recovery in the long run.

We've earned the trust of many doctors in Charlotte who refer their patients to our office for specialized care for their spine and pain management needs. This trust is a testament to our quality of care and expertise. By choosing our practice, you can expect personalized, compassionate care for your unique needs and the assurance that you are in the hands of experienced professionals.

Why visit a physiatrist or rehabilitation physician?

Visiting a physiatrist or rehabilitation physician can offer several benefits for individuals with musculoskeletal or neurological conditions or injuries. These physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, focusing on restoring function and improving quality of life.


Some reasons to visit a physiatrist or rehabilitation physician include the following:

  1. Comprehensive Approach: These physicians take a holistic approach to care, considering the physical symptoms of a condition and the impact on a patient's overall well-being.
  2. Non-Surgical Treatment Options: Physiatrists and rehabilitation physicians can provide non-surgical treatments for chronic pain, joint problems, and nerve damage, helping patients avoid the risks and recovery time associated with surgery.
  3. Focus on Functional Improvement: These specialists focus on helping patients regain function and mobility, intending to improve their ability to perform daily activities and return to work or recreational activities.
  4. Coordination of Care: Rehabilitation physicians often work as part of a multidisciplinary team, coordinating care with other specialists such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and pain management specialists to provide comprehensive care.
  5. Personalized Treatment Plans: Based on a patient's individual needs and goals, these specialists can develop customized treatment plans that incorporate a variety of interventions to help optimize their recovery and improve their quality of life.

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