Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Physiatrist?
A Physiatrist is a physician trained in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. During a medical residency our physicians become experts on treatment of musculoskeletal disorders including injuries and diseases involving muscles, bones, joints and nerves. A large part of the training is in electrodiagnostic evaluation of peripheral neuromuscular disorders.
Q: Who should go to Accelerated Recovery Specialists?
We are happy to see any patient with musculoskeletal or neurologic pain, injury or impairment. We would prefer to see you as soon as possible following an injury or the onset of pain. Commonly treated problems include:
- Back, neck or joint pain
- Muscle strains, ligamentous or tendinous injuries
- Patients needing electrodiagnostic studies (EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies)
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Work injuries
- Motor vehicle accident injuries
- Adult onset headaches
- Sports Injuries
- Patients needing spinal or joint injections
Q: Do you treat auto accident cases?
Yes. Many primary care physicians prefer not to treat patients with MVA injuries due to the extensive paperwork, work restrictions, pain medication requirements and/or possible legal issues. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of complex injury problems, and welcome patients for either consultation or to assume care. Patients injured in recent motor vehicle accidents will typically be worked in within one or two weeks after the referral. We work with many attorneys in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Q: Do you treat workers compensation injuries?
All of our physicians are Level II Accredited by the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation. We offer expert consultation to Occupational Medicine doctors on treatment of difficult musculoskeletal cases. We serve as the primary Worker’s Compensation providers for a number of large corporations in Colorado Springs.
Q: Are your physicians board-certified?
All of our physicians are board-certified in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry).
Q: What types of injection do you provide?
Our doctors provide a variety of injections from fluoroscopically guided spinal injections to ultrasound guided joint injections. They are skilled in injections of large and small joints, nerve blocks, muscular injections and the appropriate use of Botox.
Q: Do you work with other providers?
As physicians in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation a large part of our training involves working with a team of providers such as Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists as well as Psychologists. The majority of out treatment utilizes specialists in more than one field and incorporates a multifaceted treatment approach. We routinely provide consultation to Primary Care and Occupational Medicine physicians.