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Outpatient Physiatry Services

Our Approach to Care

Gaylord’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Services provides the specialized care you need if you’ve had an accident, or suffer from a disease that has compromised your mobility or left you with chronic pain. Our Rehabilitation Physicians, called physiatrists, can provide you with an expert evaluation of your condition and an individualized treatment program. They’ll use the latest techniques to help minimize your pain and guide you as you regain strength and return to optimal functionality.

We encourage annual follow-up visits with a physiatrist for impairments resulting from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions that affect movement or cause pain. Your physiatrist will asses your function, review your medications, and will provide a resource assessment to maximize your quality of life. 

Interventional physiatry PDF

Interventional physiatry is offered at Gaylord and procedures are performed in our Outpatient Radiology suite at the hospital's campus in Wallingford. Interventional physiatry uses minimally invasive, targeted treatments that are performed using imaging guidance. These procedures are often an easier, faster, and less painful option to surgery for a number of diagnoses. 

What is physiatry?

Dr. Bruce Hsu is a physiatrist at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. Physiatry is medical specialty that is also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation. A physiatrist uses a whole person approach to returning a person to the maximum functioning possible after an accident or trauma or for orthopedic, chronic pain or other chronic medical conditions. The physiatrists at Gaylord can be seen on an outpatient basis. If you would like an appointment for a consultation, assessment, or to discuss a possible treatment plan or have questions please call (203) 284-2845.



When should I see a physiatrist?

A physiatrist treats many different types of medical, neurological and chronic conditions. You can see a physiatrist at Gaylord on an outpatient basis. Our physiatrists focus on diagnosis and treatment with the goal of conservative treatment that may prevent the need for surgery or other invasive procedures. To make an appointment with a Gaylord physiatrist call: (203) 284-2845.

Frequently Asked Questions

Physiatry (fiz eye’ a tree) is the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Medical doctors trained in this field deal with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disability caused by accident, or acute and chronic disease. Unless it’s obvious that surgery is required, a referral to a physiatrist is typically the first step following an injury.

A doctor who is trained in physiatry is especially adept at helping people who are recovering from minor to serious injuries related to:

  • Sports injuries
  • Work-related accidents
  • Back, knee or shoulder problems and other musculoskeletal disorders
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular or movement disorders
  • Effects of cancer treatment
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputations
  • Lung conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Physiatrists also help people who have acute and chronic pain issues through the use of comprehensive rehabilitation and, when needed, Interventional Physiatry. 

Interventional Physiatry is a minimally invasive, targeted procedure that can help diagnose many issues and reduce pain. During Interventional Physiatry, a specially trained physician uses X-rays to guide the precise placement of a steroid injection with a small needle. Gaylord’s Dr. Bruce Hsu, board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, completed an Interventional Spine Fellowship and is specifically trained in Interventional Physiatry. Typically, Interventional Physiatrists perform procedures such as:

  • Joint Injections: Sacroiliac, knee, hip and shoulder
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections, interlaminar and transforaminal
  • Nerve Root Block Injections
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Sciatic Nerve Block
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Intercostal Nerve Block
  • Diagnosis and Conditions Treated
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Radiculopathy
  • Radicular lower extremity pain
  • Low back pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain from post-surgical scars
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica (sciatic nerve irritation)
  • Spasticity
  • Spondylosis and facet joint pain

Steroid injections are a common treatment for many forms of low back pain, leg pain, joint pain and radicular pain. They can be an integral part of the non-surgical management of conditions like sciatica and low back pain. The goal of the injection is pain relief. At times, the injection alone is sufficient to provide relief. However, steroid injections are commonly used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program to provide additional benefit. Since the vast majority of pain stems from chemical inflammation, a steroid injection can help control local inflammation, while also “flushing out” inflammatory proteins and chemicals from the local area that may contribute to pain.

There are several reasons why you should consider seeing a physiatrist when you’ve had an accident, or suffer from a disease that limits your mobility or gives you chronic or acute pain:

  • Physiatry is a medical specialty.
  • Physiatrists are medical doctors, M.D.s and D.O.s.
  • Physiatrists treat the whole person, not just a condition.
  • Physiatrists use the latest treatments and modalities.
  • No problem is ever too small or too big for a physiatrist.
  • Physiatry treatment is highly individualized to meet the specific needs of the patient.
  • Physiatry can often help people avoid surgery.
  • The physiatrist’s job is restore as much function and independence as possible.
  • The physiatrist works with a team of health care professionals including other specialists, nurses and 
  • therapists.
  • Physiatrists can help with acute and chronic pain management issues

Information

Outpatient Physiatry Appointments: (203) 284-2845 

Outpatient Fax: (203) 294-8705