Physiatry

Complementing our Orthopedics services, St. Mary’s Physiatry provides interventional pain management services and consultation. We work closely with our patients, their primary care provider, and other specialists to help those who suffer from acute and chronic pain.

At St. Mary’s, patients are at the center of everything we do. We collaborate closely with our patients, their primary care provider and other specialists to help those who suffer from acute and chronic pain. Our team clarifies diagnoses and helps patients better understand their conditions. We explore alternative treatment options including 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

David Gast, MD

St. Mary’s Physiatry Services

Ally Reppel, MD

St. Mary’s Physiatry Services

(207) 777-8100
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