Dr. Rubin has been trained in two medical specialties.
Pain management is an area of medicine devoted to the relief and management of acute and chronic pain caused by a variety of different diseases and injuries. Pain management specialists work to improve the quality of life and day to day living of those who suffer from debilitating, chronic pain. Those suffering from chronic pain are often treated by a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners at pain clinics or centers, but may also be treated by other physicians, such as family practitioners.
Pain management clinics are medical centers that provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for patients. These clinics specialize in the treatment of pain and provide associated medical care; patients may be treated in either inpatient or outpatient settings. Pain management clinics often work in conjunction with a patient’s primary care physician, and often employ physicians that specialize in pain such as neurologists, anesthesiologists, orthopedists, rheumatologists, physiatrists and psychiatrists, among others.
Pain management specialists can provide variety of different treatment techniques and procedures when trying to alleviate or manage the pain their patients face. These may include trigger point and epidural injections, the prescription of medications such as nerve blocks, surgical implants, bioelectric therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS) or physical therapy, among other treatments. Many patients suffering from chronic pain choose to pursue alternative medical treatments to alleviate pain, such as acupuncture.
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Physical medicine and rehabilitation, often abbreviated as PM&R, is a medical specialty focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and related tissues). The specialty may also be referred to as physiatry; physicians practicing within this specialty may be referred to as physiatrists or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. The primary goal of physical medicine and rehabilitation is to restoring functionality among patients who have suffered an injury to the musculoskeletal system, such as a broken bone or a torn tendon.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians are trained to provide a wide range of services to patients suffering from injuries or illnesses that have affected the way they move, get around or perform tasks. Patients may seek treatment for any disability, disease or illness that has impaired the performance of their muscles, bones and joints. Physiatrists provide treatment to patients knowing that impairments of the musculoskeletal system can have a profound effect on not on the physical wellness of the patient, but also on the social, mental and emotional wellness. By helping to return the patient to optimum or near-optimum functioning, physical medicine specialists help to improve the overall quality of life for their patients.
Physicians practicing PM&R may provide treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending upon the extent of the injuries sustained by the patient and the type of practice. Some PM&R physicians are employed by hospitals, while others practice at therapy and fitness clinics or private practices. Within the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, there are many subspecialties including sports medicine, pain management, neuromuscular care, and hospice and palliative care, among others.
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