We know that you want to feel confident that you are entering a safe environment when you come to Lifespan Physician Group offices for care. That’s why we have made some changes in response to COVID-19.
Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Experts Treat The Whole Patient
Lifespan Physician Group Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, restores patients’ functional abilities.
Patients who are treated with physiatric practices may have physical impairments or disabilities that affect the brain, spine, nerves, joints, muscles, or tendons.
Physiatrists act as liaisons between patients and other providers. They focus on safety and coordination of care for the patient, provide functional consultative services, and guide the patient’s rehabilitative journey from the hospital, to rehab, and ideally, back to their community. Physiatrists build long-term relationships with patients in order to help them reach their goals.
They work with patients to help them gain independence, enhance quality of life, and build self-efficacy. Physiatrists at the Lifespan Physician Group treat the whole patient, not just one part of the body.
Physiatrists play an important role in treating illnesses or physical injuries that affect how you move.
Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation
Patients who have had a stroke may have different needs, depending on what type of stroke they suffered.
We want our patients to feel safe, respected and comfortable. Every aspect of our facility was designed with accessibility in mind. Exam rooms have high-low tables for easy transfers, valet parking is available, and all entries have wheelchair ramps. Inside, the doors are extra wide to accommodate stretchers and wheelchairs. In addition to structural accessibility, we have extra canes, walkers, and slide boards available for wheelchair-bound patients to easily move from wheelchair to examining table or other surfaces.
Meet Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Team
Claudia Wheeler, DO
Medical Director, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Rhode Island Hospital