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At Michigan Sports & Spine, Dr. Jeff S. Pierce and his staff specialize in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR).  Physiatry deals with the treatment of disease or an injury, the resulting disabilities and the restoring of full function to patients. The physiatrist treats many problems in major systems in the body, pediatrics, traumatic injury to the brain and spinal cord, injuries that require musculoskeletal rehabilitation, patients of all ages.

What is a Physiatrist?

A physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physical medicine and rehabilitation refers to function and ability. Physiatrists are responsible for the diagnosis and development of a non-surgical treatment program that will assist individuals to regain full function and ability.

Who should go to a physiatrist?

Anyone (pediatric through geriatric) suffering from a disability affecting their musculoskeletal and/or neuromuscular systems. Examples of the conditions treated by physiatrists are:

Pain, acute or chronic, any body part (back, neck, joint)




Nerve injuries

Spinal cord injuries



Conditions that require diagnosis, treatment and long term management of a debilitating injury or illness by a specialist whose mission is to non-surgically restore maximum function are all treated by a physiatrist.

How do physiatrist's diagnose?

Physiatrists use Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Somatosensory Evoked Potentials, as well as Magnetic Resonance Imaging to diagnose conditions.

What kind of treatments do physiatrists prescribe?

Treatment is comprised of exercise, both structured and physical therapy and home programs: medications: and injections, as necessary. The focus of the treatment program is to prevent severe physical limitations resulting from injury/illness and to restore maximum function. Physiatrists dramatically increase the quality of life for their patients.

How does a physiatrist differ from my primary care physician?

All physicians specialize in a field of medicine. Primary Care and Physiatrists are 2 types of specialties. A primary care physician will treat other body systems including immune, pulmonary, cardiac, etc. A physiatrist will treat the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. Physiatry began in the 1930's and has been a recognized medical specialty since 1947. All physicians complete 4 years of medical school, internship and residency programs.

What are common causes of injury that send people to a physiatrist?

Car Accidents

Work Accidents

Sports Accidents

Slip & Fall Accidents

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Joint Repair/Replacements


Fibromyalgia/Myofascial Pain

Do physiatrists perform surgery?


No, physiatrists are not trained to perform surgery; however, they can perform surgical procedures, otherwise known as injections or invasive procedures.

Why Choose Us

Our studies prove that MSSC has patient success rates much higher than the national average.

Innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as muskuloskeletal ultrasounds.

MSSC is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. 

We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door.