Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

ThedaCare Orthopedic Care - Physical Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also known at physiatry, deals with people who suffer from or temporarily experience physical impairments or disabilities. At Orthopedic Care, we offer a comprehensive menu of physical medicine and rehabilitation services to help those patients who want to regain the functional ability and quality of life they had prior to their ailment. Our specialized team of physiatrists have experience treating common physical disorders, as well as the most severe and complex cases of trauma. The entire care journey is charted and maintained by all those who are involved with recovery and rehabilitation. We have the capabilities and dedication to deliver a high rate of success and satisfaction.


  • Stroke or Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Brain Injury

The rehabilitation process for a stroke or brain injury can include some or all of the following: Speech therapy to relearn talking and swallowing, occupational therapy to regain dexterity in the arms and hands and physical therapy to improve strength and walking. Family education also plays a key role in caring for the patient when they return home.


  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Nerve Injuries

For many neurological injuries surgery is often necessary to remove objects that can compress the spine or adversely affecting the injury area. During the initial stages of rehabilitation, therapists usually emphasize maintenance and strengthening of existing muscle function, redeveloping fine motor skills and learn adaptive techniques to accomplish day-to-day tasks. They teach many new skills and introduce equipment and technology that can further assist your recovery.


  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tendonitis

Therapy is an important aspect of treatment of almost all shoulder and arm injuries. Physical and Occupational therapists use different methods to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return patients to their pre-injury level of activity. Anti-inflammatory medicines and injections are also common during rehabilitation.


  • Hip Pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Bursitis

Treatments for hip pain vary and can range from simple rest and anti-inflammatory medicines to surgery. The medical team will guide your therapy and proper recovery path.

Muscle Disorders:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial Pain

Treatments for these muscle disorders include anti-inflammatory medicines, muscle relaxers, exercise and physical therapy. There are many new prescription medicines available today that specifically target and treat debilitating muscle pain. Those suffering from fibromyalgia also benefit from a set sleep schedule. Myofascial pain is usually resolved within a few weeks to a month, while pain from fibromyalgia can wax and wane for years.

Neck Pain:

  • Disk Herniation
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Arthritis

A pinched nerve or sprains and strains of the neck muscles can be successfully treated anti-inflammatory medicines and physical therapy. However, pain radiating down the arm may signify a more serious injury to the nerve and require further treatment. In more severe cases, a thorough exam is preformed and a treatment course will be determined accordingly. Recovery times vary from a couple of weeks to many months.

Back Pain:

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Arthritis

Nearly 80% of the population suffers from some form of back pain. Treatments can range from anti-inflammatory medicines, muscle relaxers and therapy to injections and surgery. With proper care and treatment most back pain resolves itself within six weeks. More complicated cases, including sciatica and herniated disks, require further diagnosis and treatments.