About Us

What is a Physiatrist?

Brad Sorosky MD, Susan Sorosky MD, Tima Le DO, and Arthur Hatch DO of Desert Spine and Sports Physicians are board-certified physiatrists (fiz-ee-a-trists) or rehabilitation physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Physiatrists are experts at diagnosing and treating problems affecting the nerves, muscles, and bones. As “physicians of function,” rehabilitation physicians place an emphasis not only on relieving pain but also on restoring maximum function. Physiatrists do this by treating the whole person and not just the problem area. Rehabilitation physicians are also non-surgical specialists, an approach which makes sense because over 90% of orthopedic injuries do not require surgery! Finally preventing recurrent or chronic pain is a major goal for physiatrists who don’t just treat the symptom but treat the “why” behind each patient’s unique presentation.

How Do You Become a Physiatrist?

PM&R is one of the 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Physiatrists must complete a four year residency program in PM&R after medical school. The Soroskys graduated AOA (top 10%) from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. After medical school, they both completed their PM&R training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the top-ranked rehabilitation hospital in the United States for the last 19 years by US News and World Report. Dr Brad Sorosky then completed a fellowship in Spine and Sports Medicine at RIC while Dr. Susan Sorosky focused on musculoskeletal and women’s health rehabilitation. Both Drs. Brad and Susan Sorosky also attained a second board-certification in Pain Management. Tima Le DO an Arthur Hatch DO completed their year-long spine and sports fellowships with the Soroskys at Desert Spine and Sports Physicians.

How do Physiatrists Diagnose and Treat?

Physiatrists take the necessary time to accurately pinpoint the source of a problem. Their specific diagnostic tools include a detailed medical history and a complete musculoskeletal and neurological examination. Rehabilitation physicians are also trained in the interpretation of imaging studies such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. Finally, some physiatrists perform electrodiagnostic testing (nerve conduction studies and EMG) to help diagnose certain nerve and muscle disorders. Once a correct pain generator is identified, a specific treatment plan can then be developed. This comprehensive program may include individually tailored physical therapy programs, pain procedures such as epidurals, facet blocks and joint injections which the doctors at DSSP perform under fluoroscopic guidance in their in office procedure suites, and appropriate medication management.

The Desert Spine and Sports Physicians Philosophy

The medical practitioners and staff at Desert Spine and Sports Physicians are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of spine, sports, and musculoskeletal pain and injury. We use non-surgical treatments that are focused on the “whole person” and are specific for each patient so that if possible, recurrent or chronic pain can be avoided. Our goal is to relieve pain and maximize function in order to put people back into fully functional lives, often more functional than before. We are dedicated to helping patients stay as active as possible at any age with our comprehensive, compassionate, and innovative medical care.