If you have any physical problems that can benefit from rehabilitation you may be helped by the services of our Rockville Centre physiatrist Dr. Robert Lanter, DO. A physiatrist is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician who treats a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Our physiatrist treats the whole person and focuses on restoring and enhancing function as well as diagnosing and treating pain as a result of injury, illness or a disabling condition. Our doctor will diagnose the patient’s condition and determine a treatment plan and then when necessary work with other physicians and therapists.
Back and spinal pain are common conditions that our Rockville Centre physiatrist sees among our patients. Our doctor treats spinal pain in a variety of ways depending on the specific problem, often working with orthopedic and neurosurgeons. Our practice works with patients who have undergone spinal fusion. Spinal fusion is the surgical joining together of two or more vertebrae in the spine; the connected vertebrae fuse together to form one solid mass immobilizing that part of the spine. A spinal fusion is done when non-surgical treatments have not worked to reduce pain, improve spine stability or to correct a significant spinal deformity.
Since there is no movement where the vertebrae have been fused together our Rockville Centre physiatrist works with the patient to restore as much mobility as possible by increasing the strength and mobility of the adjacent areas of the spine. Since the spinal fusion depends on the success of a bone graft to fuse the vertebrae our doctor will instruct the patient on ways to move that will not jeopardize the graft until the fusion process has been completed, which can take quite awhile. If you are having problems with movement, pain or are recovering from a neurological problem, injury, surgery or any other trauma give our office a call for an evaluation.