Rehabilitation Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a rehabilitation specialist?

Rehabilitation physicians, also known as physical medicine specialists, are nerve, muscle, bone and brain experts who treat injury or illness without surgery to decrease pain and restore function. Their field is known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, one of 24 practice concentrations certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Why do I need to see a rehabilitation physician?

Here are some conditions we treat:

  • Accident, injury or chronic condition that has left you with pain or limited function
  • Changes after surgery
  • Illnesses that diminish your energy or ability to move easily
  • Stroke and nerve damage
  • Long-term pain from arthritis, repetitive stress or back problems
  • Excess weight that causes health problems
  • Other challenges to physical function

Will I have rehabilitation treatments in the hospital?

Yes. Rehabilitation often begins during your stay for a serious illness or injury. Your treatments may continue after your discharge.

ECU Physicians provide care at Vidant Rehabilitation Center and at the Rehabilitation Physician Clinics. You may also receive care at another ECU Physicians location.

What about after I leave the hospital?

You may have follow-up care at one of our medical practice locations. We see patients in Greenville, Windsor, Tarboro or Edenton.

Can I have rehabilitation if I am not hospitalized?

Yes, rehabilitation medicine can help with a wide range of conditions. They include chronic back pain, work injuries and recovery after an illness or injury. At the Rehabilitation Physician Clinics, we treat a full range of conditions. Our Musculoskeletal and Spine Center offers more intensive therapy, including injections, for patients whose pain has not responded to other treatments.

What is the rehabilitation physician's role in treatment?

We create a treatment plan that may integrate several medical specialties and therapies. You will be responsible for some parts of your care.

Your medical team may include rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, vocational counselors, psychologists and social workers.

We can fit you for adapted equipment such as braces, a wheelchair or prosthetic limb and provide guidance in its use. The goal is for you to return to your normal activities as fully as possible.

How long will rehabilitation last?

Your rehabilitation may last a few days, weeks or months. In complex cases, you may need a year or more. Your rehabilitation will continue as long as you make progress, although your program will change with your recovery.

What are some conditions treated by rehabilitation physicians?

You can read more about the conditions we treat here.

Here is a brief look at the conditions treated by rehabilitation doctors.

  • Cardiac disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Amputation or limb deficiency
  • Wounds and burns
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and thyroid disease
  • Organ transplant
  • Debility or critical illness
  • Vestibular conditions (imbalance, vertigo or dizziness)

Do you offer alternative treatments?

ECU Rehabilitation Medicine physicians offer medical acupuncture.

Where can I find more information?

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation