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Dr. Allcock has completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians:

  • Restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
  • Lead a team of medical professionals
  • Provide non-surgical treatments
  • Explain your medical problems and treatment/prevention plan
  • Botolinum injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Peripheral joint injections
  • Diagnose and treat pain of musculoskeletal, neurologic origin

The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat muscular disabilities resulting from disease or injury, from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease – without surgery.

A physiatrist (rehab physician) often prescribe therapies in additional to medications to treat ailments. The therapies can be physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and others. Patients are educated on the need to not rely on medications alone. In addition, they can be encouraged to use heat and cold therapy, massage therapy as supplements.

Physiatrists take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.

Some of the patients that Dr Allcock sees benefit from assistive devices. The devices can take the form of braces for weak limbs, canes, wheelchairs, orthotics and prosthetics. For many of these devices, the Dr Allcock will do the initial evaluation in the office, and then determine which device would be appropriate for the patients. Patients are then referred to the company that can create a custom device.

Dr Allcock provides a variety of injections that can help limit patient pain. Trigger point injections are used to ease more acute pain. Botox injections can help reduce some of the tension in limbs. Joint injections can be used to replace missing cartilage when done over a series of weeks.

Post stroke patients often benefit from seeing a physiatrist because of the lingering problems that they often have. Some patients have residual weakness that may require additional physical therapy, bracing or wheelchairs. Other patients have increased tone or tension in their limbs that can be relieved through medication or Botox injections.

Dr. Allcock treats patients suffering from chronic back pain, sports injury, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, joint pain, multiple sclerosis, carpel tunnel syndrome, and more. The goal of the physiatrist is to maximize movement, and minimize pain.

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