Physiatry

In addition to our Orthopedics services, St. Mary’s Physiatry offers interventional pain management services and consultations. We prioritize patient-centered care by working closely with individuals, their primary care providers, and other specialists to address acute and chronic pain.

At St. Mary’s, our patients are our focus. We collaborate closely with individuals, their primary care providers, and other specialists to assist those experiencing acute and chronic pain. Our team strives to clarify diagnoses and enhance patient understanding of their conditions. We explore alternative treatment options such as physical therapy, medication, manipulation, and exercise.

If appropriate, we offer interventional treatments, including:

  • Trigger Point and Joint Injections
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Epidural Injections
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Advanced Radio Frequency Ablation (Rhizotomy)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

According to the Association of Academic Physiatrists, physiatry is a medical specialty that emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people disabled by disease, disorder or injury. It is one of the newer subspecialty areas of medicine that manages a diversity of conditions involving the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, and focuses on function, independence and quality of life.

Physiatry provides integrated, multidisciplinary care aimed at recovery of the whole person by addressing the individual’s physical, emotional, medical, vocational and social needs. Physiatry is unique among medical specialties in that its area of expertise is the functioning of the whole patient, as compared with a focus on an organ system or systems. A doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation is called a physiatrist. Physiatrists can be medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) and practice in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Physiatrists treat conditions of the bones, muscles, joints, brain and nervous system, which can affect other systems of the body and limit a person’s ability to function. Here are some of the most common conditions treated:

  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Dysphagia
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Other Neurological Conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Spasticity & Movement Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spine Pain
  • Sports-Related Injuries
  • Stroke

Tammy Abbott, NP

St. Mary’s Physiatry Services

Ally Reppel, MD

St. Mary’s Physiatry Services

Kristen Schroeder-Cyr, NP

St. Mary’s Physiatry Services

(207) 777-8100
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