By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Ruben Diaz MD

What is a Physiatrist?
By Ruben Diaz, M.D. 
Conservative Spine & Joint Center

Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are spine, joint, nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move and function.

Rehabilitation physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians:

•Diagnose and treat pain

•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

The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat any disability 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.

Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment.   They then design a treatment plan that targets specifically the problem or problems that might be affecting the patient. 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.

Goals of Dr. Diaz Clinic: Maximize non-surgical management to help patients increase function, decrease pain, decrease the need for chronic strong opiate medications, decrease unnecessary surgeries and improve quality of life.

For more information please call Conservative Spine and Joint Center at (770)601-4340. You may also visit our website for more information at