We would like to introduce our newest physician, Dr. Mark Ignatius.
The primary practice for Dr. Ignatius is physical medicine and rehabilitation, often referred to as PM&R, or simply “physiatry.” This branch of medicine emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders that can produce impairment. Rehabilitation physicians are determined to combat any illness or injury that could affect mobility.
Throughout rehabilitation, Dr. Ignatius always has the personalized care of every patient in mind. He clarifies that “…in terms of treatment, my goal is to maximize each patient’s own body’s inherent ability to heal itself coupled with a multitude of additional therapeutic measures.”
Dr. Ignatius specializes in the spine, specifically interventional spine procedures. An interventional spine procedure is a minimally invasive method used to treat some spinal diseases. There are many different options, including radiotheraphy, neurolytic blocks, intrathecal infusions, epidural infusions, and spinal cord stimulation. These practices can be an effective option to treat spinal injuries without surgery.
“As a fellowship-trained interventional physiatrist, I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of spine and musculoskeletal disorders,” Dr. Ignatius explains. “For patients with spine problems, evaluation by a physiatrist is very beneficial. Most back and neck issues respond well to non-surgical treatments, but that being said, I also collaborate closely with spine surgeons and am able to determine when patients would benefit from surgery versus non-operative treatments.”
Throughout the next month we will be publishing additional posts on Dr. Ignatius and his practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
For more information on Dr. Ignatius, please visit his page.