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    physiatrist/sci physician

    perhaps a stupid question but is there a difference?

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    A physiatrist is a doctor of 'Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation'; so yes, a physiatrist and 'SCI doc' are the same. The 'good' physiatrist will coordinate care between any specialists or family docs, with relation to SCI and body functions; give advice re rehab/function issues, as well as equipment prescriptions; sometimes physiatrists handle neuropathic pain problems; spasticity problems; and do a general 'check up' once a year on all SCI issues.

    Wise did a beautiful description of the different types of docs we may encounter along our SCI 'journey', and I couldn't find it in a search; maybe someone with a little more know-how searchwise, can find it and refer you to it.

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    would think they are different ,
    i have a physiatrist, a pain management. a urologist , and now a orthopedic for a foot injury. plus a podiatrist that i also tried, but treatment didnt work as well as i hoped, for this injury ,

    my biggest problem is none of them talk to one another, the physiatrist gives me the best info though, and is much more in tune with the problems i have now with a injury to the foot, that also is my foot drop , impaired function foot and lower leg. and of course where all my neuropathic pain is.

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    TY. I feel much better now. A new physician with the physiatrist title came to the rehab. hospital when my son was inpatient. I didn't notice the other physicians being titled as such but my son's doc does all the things you listed.
    Granted he is a bit old school but he is open to anything we think of, want or need otherwise and I appreciate that very much. I wondered if this title carried something more with it that would benefit my son being a patient of otherwise.

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    Metro, they would have no need to talk with one another unless there was a situation which intertwined for them all.

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    Originally posted by Marmalady:

    Metro, they would have no need to talk with one another unless there was a situation which intertwined for them all.
    in my case i have a situation that has been going on for 4 months, and i wish they would have talked, the physiatitrist specialized in back and neck, the orthopedist i went to due to a foot injury..the foot injury was and is compounded by my lack of calf muscle functions/dropfoot, toes not moving and getting impacted on a fall. the physiatrist recommends i see another orthopedist, however i good one takes another 6 weeks to get an appointment.
    i decided to go to the VA hospital, i think there is more of a chance of having a group of doctors all familiar with sci problems talking to each other and recommending treatment.
    i guess if you dont have a problem its ok, but once you develop problems that go out of their speciality its maddening

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    Metron~ I agree with you. My thoughts are that if it has something to do with something that has to do with the sci, then my son should be going to the physician that specializes with this first, not anyone else...THEN that Doc can refer him elsewhere and keep in constant contact. Figuring out the kids problem with his knee/hamstring has been quite the experience, felt for the most part that not one of them in any field really had the answer or even a good guess, except the X-rays were fine and the blood tests alright, I am the one who asked that someone check out the leg braces and after reading up and reading what all had to say around here...happy to say it has been better and better through some home pt and extra attention, still wonder what it was/is though.

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    in my last reply I meant it in this way:
    I agree that all of these other types of physicians/specialists should be familiar with sci when referred too.
    I cannot find a "general" physician within the clinic who they can tell me has some experience/background working with sci patients. I really don't want my son seeing someone not familiar even somewhat, with sci as his primary physician, etc.

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    I don't have a physiatrist, just my family Dr. No-one at the Rehab I was in ever said anything about it. See with not finding my burst fracture for almost 2 months, I'm not sure they even realize I have SCI Do I need one?
    Thank's
    Duge

    T-12 incomplete 10-3-02

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    Duge, it's always a good idea to be checked out by a physiatrist who is knowledgeable in SCI medicine. I would check the 'Doctors and Clinics' forum in the 'Exchange' section; I'd also post a question in Care to see if anyone in your area knows of a good physiatrist.


    Teesie - Most 'general' docs don't have any training in dealing with SCI problems - that is the area of the physiatrist; the physiatrist may coordinate care - ie, refer specific bladder care to a urologist, and make recommendations to them as to treatment, etc.

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