Specializing in Spine, Sports & Physical Medicine

What is a Physiatrist?

Dr. Jerry Sobel at Sobel Spine and Sports in Phoenix, Arizona is a physiatrist (fiz-ee-a-trist), or rehabilitation physician. Physiatrists are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. This includes but is not limited to pain management, low back and neck conditions, whiplash, arthritis and many non surgical sports injuries.  Rehabilitation physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, Physiatrists:

  • Diagnose and treat pain
  • Restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
  • Lead a team of medical professionals
  • Provide non-surgical treatments
  • Explain your medical problems and provide a comprehensive holistic treatment plan

The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, from sore shoulders to low back pain to stroke and spinal cord injuries. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease either non surgically or post surgery.

Rehabilitation physicians such as Dr. Jerry Sobel take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a care plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the Physiatrist’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, and personal trainers. Dr. Jerry Sobel has teamed up with some of the best medical providers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, and Glendale to provide state of the art pain management and rehabilitative care for those with low back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis and sports related injuries. By providing a holistic treatment plan based on individual needs, Dr. Jerry Sobel can help patients stay as active as possible at any age. If you would like to read more about Dr. Jerry Sobel’s medical specialty Physiatry, follow the links below.

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