Information for Referring Physicians about what we do:

RMA physicians Bryan Andresen, Bob Arnsdorf, Victor Lin, Erik Stowell, and Annette Weller have board certifications in:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Electromyography
  • Independent Medical Evaluations

As board certified Physiatrists, we focus on the diagnosis and management of disorders of the neuro-muscular and musculo-skeletal systems. While some Physiatrists provide only Physical Medicine care, the Physiatrists at RMA also provide rehabilitation care for patients with disabling injuries or medical conditions, working to improve function and quality of life.

We provide specific services such as:

  • Electromyography
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Ultrasound guided joint and soft tissue injections
  • Radio frequency nerve lesioning
  • Botox, phenol and other muscle or nerve injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Corticosteroid joint & bursa injections
  • Viscosupplement joint injections
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Independent Medical Examination (IME)
  • Medical Arbiter and Panel Arbiter Examinations
  • Impairment ratings using AMA Guidelines
  • Wheelchair & Scooter Evaluations

Appropriate Referrals in Physical Medicine:

The Physiatrist can provide complete care of a specific diagnosis or provide a consultation with recommendations. Consider a physiatry consult if your patient is not getting better within 1-3 months after beginning a therapy program. Sprains, strains, repetitive motion/overuse disorders are managed by multi-joint, kinetic chain evaluation of biomechanical deficits and treatment by providing specialized therapy, exercise direction & counseling. Common Dx of musculoskeletal problems include:

  • Cervical or lumbar strain injury
  • Cervical or lumbar disc herniation
  • Tendonitis / tenosynovitis (including trigger finger, shin splints, and tennis/golfers elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel & Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee sprains
  • Patellofemoral dysfunction
  • Spasticity
  • Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Pain Syndromes

Electrodiagnostic evaluation and non-surgical treatment of common neurological Dx including:

  • Cervical / lumbar radiculopathy
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Lumbar & brachial plexopathy
  • Peripheral nerve entrapment (including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ulnar neuropathy, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, and Peroneal neuropathy)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Appropriate Referrals for Rehabilitation:

The Physiatrist provides rehabilitative care for chronic and disabling conditions. The focus of care is on improving function and quality of life with the combined use of adaptive equipments and assistive devices, orthotics (braces), prosthetics, modified techniques, therapeutic interventions, and medications. Common Dx for rehabilitative care include:

  • Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA) (including problems of hemiplegia, spasticity, shoulder pain, central pain, Shoulder-Hand Syndrome, aphasia, dysphasia, disorders of gait and balance)
  • Spinal cord injury (including management of neurogenic bowel & bladder, autonomic dysreflexia, decubitus ulcers, spasticity)
  • Traumatic brain injury (including Post-Concussive Syndrome, cognitive and behavioral problems)
  • Amputations (including pre-amputation counseling, residual limb management, prosthetic prescription and management)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) (including mobility, fatigue, depression, neurogenic bowel and bladder, spasticity)
  • Post-Polio
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Arthritis (including post operative management of joint replacements)
  • Disorders of gait