About Us

What is a Physiatrist?

Brad Sorosky MD, Susan Sorosky MD, Tima Le DO, Arthur Hatch DO, and Puneet Ralhan 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. Our physicians then went on to complete fellowships in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine.

How do Physiatrists Diagnose and Treat?

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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 facet blocks, joint injections and epidurals in Phoenix & Mesa 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.

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We are still here for you. We are now conducting tele health visits in addition to in-office appointments for evaluation and management of your pain complaints. Please call us for more information. (602) 840-0681