Firelands Physician Group services

Physical Medicine & Rehab Doctors 

Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also referred to as rehabilitation medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating and treating patients with physical disabilities.

A physical medicine and rehab doctor is often called a physiatrist - it's a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The primary goal of the physiatrist is to achieve maximal restoration of physical, psychological, social and vocational function through comprehensive rehabilitation.

Joseph Riley, physical medicine & rehab doctor

The physiatrists with Firelands Physician Group see patients with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Amputee care
  • Back pain
  • Musculoskeletal/non-operative
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spine care
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Trigger point injections

You may be wondering, how is a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation any different than a physical therapist? The two professionals work hand-in-hand but are in fact, different. The physical medicine and rehab doctor is the one who makes the diagnosis in the patient and prescribes the rehabilitation therapist (much like a primary care physician may prescribe an antibiotic for the treatment of a bacterial infection). The physical therapist is the one who actually works with the patient to fulfill the therapies prescribed by the doctor. Both are trained in the musculoskeletal system, and both collaborate with each other, but they maintain very different roles in the diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

Our physical medicine and rehab doctors also provide treatment for patients of the Firelands Regional Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, which offers an intensive therapy program for patients transitioning from a hospital stay or recovering from surgery. They also see people in an outpatient setting at the Firelands Regional Medical Center Spine Center.