People are always asking me exactly what physiatrists (PM&R docs) do. Well, here's a list of some of the cool stuff we get to do:
I've done EMGs to diagnose everything from carpal tunnel to ALS.
2) Fluoroscopic injections for pain
We get to go into the fluoro lab and do steroid injections to the back, hip, neck, etc. They're fun to do AND they make you glow in the dark!
3) Botox/Phenol blocks
We do botulinum toxin injections in muscles to reduce spasticity. And if they're a little left over, we might do your forehead too.
4) Musculoskeletal ultrasound
OK, this is a new one and not that many physiatrists do it yet, but we're getting there. Msk US can be used to diagnose rotator cuff tears, carpal tunnel, and guide injections. And after we're done with that, we can put the probe on your belly and see if there's a reason you've been throwing up every morning.
5) Steroid injections, et al. (Or Synvisc, PRP, etc)
We inject pretty much everything in the office. I'm most comfortable with knees and shoulders, but we do elbows, trigger fingers, IT bands, you name it. If I can find it in my injection handbook, I'll do it!