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“Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” 


Bella Bleue

The Ultimate Goal of Treatment by a Physiatrist is Function

What is a Physiatrist?

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. 


PM&R physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and may be subspecialty certified in Brain Injury Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and/or Sports Medicine. 

Specifically, PM&R physicians:

  • Treat patients of all ages

  • Focus treatment on function

  • Have a broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime

  • Diagnose and treat pain as a result of an injury, illness, or disabling condition

  • Determine and lead a treatment/prevention plan

  • Lead a team of medical professionals, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physician extenders to optimize patient care

  • Work with other physicians, which may include primary care physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and many others.

  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area ​

Depending on the injury, illness, or disabling condition, some PM&R physicians may treat their patients using the following procedures/services:

  • EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies

  • Ultrasound guided procedures

  • Fluoroscopy guided procedures

  • Injections of spine 

  • Discography, Disc Decompression and Vertebroplasy/Kyphoplasty

  • Nerve Stimulators, Blocks and Ablation procedures—Peripheral and Spinal

  • Injections of joints

  • Prolotherapy

  • Spasticity Treatment (Phenol and Botulinum toxin injections, intrathecal baclofen pump trial and implants)

  • Nerve and Muscle Biopsy

  • Manual Medicine/Osteopathic Treatment

  • Prosthetics and Orthotics

  • Complementary-alternative medicine (i.e. acupuncture, etc.)

  • Disability/impairment assessment

  • Medicolegal consulting

The SMA Solution

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

  • Spasticity/Contractures

  • Brain Injury

  • Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Pain Management 

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area ​

SMA Physiatry offerings

  • Services to patients who are getting physical, occupational, and speech therapy to address the medical issues that may arise that can hinder their overall wellness progress.

  • Special focus on overall physical and cognitive function and how it relates to transition towards home.

  • Services relating to conditions of the brain, spine, muscles, nerves, and bones.

  • Additional Support Services include bedside peripheral joint injections (shoulder and knee, mainly) as well as trigger point injections to alleviate pain. This streamlines the process for patients' need for additional appointments to receive these injections.


Our Providers

Angela Chang, MD

Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Our Facilities

Coming soon!

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