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What is a Physiatrist?

  • A medical doctor trained in the non-surgical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation 
  • An expert in muscles, bones, joints, nerves, and brain and how they work together 
  • Uses a holistic approach to health, looking at the whole person, to improve quality of life; may lead a team of medical professionals to coordinate patient care such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, psychology, and other physicians 
  • Dr. Amos also performs electrodiagnosis (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) to evaluate possible nerve damage, testing often done by physiatrists 

 Some examples of patients treated by Dr. Amos 

  • knee pain after skiing, no surgery needed 
  • hand tingling and numbness 
  • neck pain after a car accident 
  • weakness and speech impairment after a stroke 
  • low back pain after a work injury 
  • spinal cord injury after a logging accident 
  • brain injury after a motorcycle accident 
  • osteoporotic female wanting guidance in exercising 
  • lumbar compression fracture and PTSD after car accident 

For more information on physiatry, please go to www.AAPMR.org

Deborah Amos, MD

Fidalgo Sports and Physiatry
912 32nd Street Suite B
Anacortes, WA 98221

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