Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Physiatry, also called physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR), is a branch of medicine that deals with disorders related to function and movement, focusing on nerves, joints and muscles. Our physiatrists at Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute specialize in non-invasive, non-surgical treatments for back and neck pain and injuries.

Physiatry/PMR is a great place to start if you're experiencing chronic back, neck or spine pain or have had a recent injury. A PMR physician will assess your condition, make a diagnosis, and recommend a treatment plan. PMR treatments can include physical manipulation, physical therapy, injections, and non-surgical procedures. If these treatments fail or your condition is more severe, a PMR physician may refer you to an orthopedic spine surgeon.


  • Back, neck or spine injuries
  • Chronic back, neck and spine pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Osteoarthritis (spondylosis)
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Sciatica
  • Slipped discs
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries

Services & Treatments

  • Acupuncture
  • Discography
  • Epidural injections
  • Hip joint and bursal injections
  • Home devices, such as TENS unit and traction devices
  • Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Media branch blocks and facet injections
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Nerve blocks
  • PRP and prolotherapy injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Spasticity management
  • Spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Strength and conditioning exercises
  • Supervised spine fitness and physical therapy programs
  • Trigger point injections