Do I need a referral to see Dr. Botner?
Although patients are often referred by their primary care physician or specialist to Dr. Botner for consultation or development of a specialized treatment program, it is typically not necessary to have a referral to be seen by a physiatrist, but some insurance plans might have referral requirements. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with diagnosing and treating your injury from the onset of your symptoms.
How can a Physiatrist help me?
Because of the special training a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (or physiatrist) receives in medical specialty areas like neurology, orthopedics and rheumatology, Dr. Botner is expert at dealing with multiple systems in the body and disorders that can negatively affect a patient's functional ability. Dr. Botner has distinct diagnostic tools and approaches for evaluating:
• neck and back injuries
• peripheral nerve problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve root problems & sciatica)
• sports injuries
• tendinitis & bursitis
• various joint problems (e.g. shoulder, knee & other peripheral joint injuries)
Treatment with injection is available (e.g. knee, shoulder, bursa, trigger point, carpal tunnel, tendon sheath, tennis elbow and golfer's elbow)
Physiatric evaluation attempts to investigate the underlying causes for the pain, including biomechanical, biochemical and (depending upon the patient) psychosocial factors.
Within circumstances of biomechanical abnormalities, a highly customized physical therapy prescription can be tailored to address the identified abnormalities. The physiatrist may also provide detailed counseling regarding multiple other treatment considerations.
Bryan Botner, MD