If you have a physical impairment or a disability, physical medicine and rehabilitation seek to help you improve your quality of life and ability to function on a daily basis. At Vitality Medical Center in Tustin, California, Dr. Laila Nayab-Murshidi, DC, offers this proactive and preventive approach to care with services to help you maintain the best health possible. To learn more about how you can benefit from physical medicine and rehabilitation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
What is physical medicine and rehabilitation?
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, is a branch of medicine directed at enhancing your quality of life and restoring function if you have disabilities or physical impairments caused by injury, illness, or disease.
The goal at Vitality Medical Center is not to cure your health issues, but to help you maximize independence in daily life, thus enhancing your overall well-being.
The intention of physical medicine and rehabilitation is to:
- Reduce your pain
- Improve your quality of life
- Learn how to use devices that assist your function, such as wheelchairs or braces
The team at Vitality Medical Center strives to help you live a better life, regardless of your condition.
Who is eligible for physical medicine and rehabilitation?
Anyone with chronic disabilities can benefit from physical medicine and rehabilitation. For example, people who often benefit from this kind of care have issues affecting their:
- Spinal cord
- Ligaments, tendons, and muscles
Impairments to these parts of your body can lead to long-term tissue damage and other associated injuries and imbalances when not addressed through methods offered with physical medicine and rehabilitation.
What is involved in physical medicine and rehabilitation?
At Vitality Medical Center, you undergo a comprehensive medical examination and functional evaluation with the on-staff nurse practitioner. This helps get at the root of your issue, as sometimes where you feel pain is not the area causing the problem.
Once the root cause of your issue is narrowed down, Dr. Nayab-Murshidi and the team at Vitality Medical Center put together a comprehensive care plan that may include:
- Medical procedures
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Physical therapy
- Therapeutic exercise
- Massage therapy
- Supportive devices
These treatments can help get you back to your pre-injury status quicker and more efficiently. The focus of your treatment is not to cure your impairment, but to develop a whole program to support a healthy and functional life.
Strategies of care can be provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis. You continue your physical medicine and rehabilitation care as long as necessary, from weeks to months or longer in some cases.
To learn more about how you could benefit from physical medicine and rehabilitation, call Vitality Medical Center or book a consultation using the online scheduling feature.