Faran Bokhari, MD, Trauma Chairman
1900 W. Polk St. Rm 1300Chicago, IL 60612
A physiatrist, or rehabilitation physician, is a medical doctor who has completed residency training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). This physician is a nerve, muscle, bone and brain expert who diagnoses and treats injuries or illnesses that affect how you function and move. The physiatrist looks at the whole person and not just one symptom or condition. Rehabilitation physicians do not perform surgery.
The Rehabilitation Medicine department provides an inpatient consultation service to evaluate a patient’s rehabilitation needs during a hospital admission course. A physiatrist may assess patients and co-ordinate treatments alongside physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. Patients may need further therapies to transition back to home in a safe, functional manner. Recommendations and referrals are sometimes made to obtain these therapies at an inpatient rehabilitation facility or outpatient center once the patient is medically ready for discharge.
The department also provides outpatient services through the Musculoskeletal Clinic, the Orthotics Clinic, and the Amputee Clinic. Here, patients are provided with non-operative, conservative orthopedic and neurological care through a variety of means:
- Peripheral joint injections
- Exercise prescription for physical therapy
- Prosthetic prescription for amputees
- Orthotic and wheelchair prescription
- Osteopathic manual medicine
- Kinesio Taping
- Botulinum toxin injections
- Nerve conduction studies/electromyography
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation consist of three full time physicians and fifty physiatrist, occupational therapist and speech therapist. These highly skilled individuals provide therapy services to trauma and burn patients as well as all other patients within the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems.