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Rehabilitation FAQ’s

What is a Physiatrist?

Rehabilitation physicians are experts in treating nerve, muscle, and bone injuries or illnesses. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and are often referred to as physiatrists. Physiatrists also recieve extensive training in electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG and nerve conduction testing).

Rehabilitation physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to low back pain. Their goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery. Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that is directed at your specific diagnosis. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age.

To learn more, visit the AAPM&R Website


I have a herniated disc. Do I need surgery?

Most of our patients improve without requiring surgery. Depending upon your specific condition, our physicians use a variety of conservative treatment options that are frequently successful.


I think I have carpal tunnel. How is this diagnosed?

Numbness and tingling in the hands is frequently associated with carpal tunnel. This may be confirmed by nerve conduction testing and electromyography which will also exclude other possible causes for the hand symptoms such as a pinched nerve in the neck or at the elbow.


I’ve been told that I have spinal stenosis. can this be treated without surgery?

Not all patients with spinal stenosis require surgical decompression. Many of our patients with spinal stenosis improve without requiring surgery.


Should I require physical therapy, is it covered by my insurance?

Most insurance policies cover physical therapy although you should verify the extent of your coverage with your insurance provider.


Prior to my seeing one of your physicians, I was unaware that your specialty existed. In retrospect, I wish that I had been referred to your office sooner.

Our physicians hear this comment frequently. That is one of the reasons for this website. It is our hope that as a result of this website, patients will have a better understanding of what we treat and how we can treat it. For the past thirty years, we have been successfully treating a variety of different neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.


Why should I put my confidence in you?

Each physician at EMG and Rehabilitation Physicians is board certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. We are committed to providing you only the highest quality of professional care. Each EMG exam is performed entirely by the physician.

With more than 100 years combined experience, our physicians are well qualified and prepared to provide your medical care. Through the years, we have mastered the best practices in performing EMG exams and providing accurate diagnostic results that are useful to your physician.


How do I schedule an appointment?

Since a physician referral is necessary, your doctor may have already forwarded pertinent information to us by using our one-step referral form. If you have not yet been given a specific appointment time, you may call us at our Kettering location (937.395.8666) or at our Sycamore location (937.384.8797). Please be sure to provide us with any necessary information relative to your healthcare insurance and also inform us if testing is being done as a result of your involvement in an auto accident or work-related injury.