The Physical Medicine or Physiatry Department at Kaiser Permanente Northwest is comprised of board-certified Physiatrists. A physiatrist is a nerve, muscle, bone, and brain expert with special training in physical medicine and rehabilitation who treats injury or illness non-surgically to decrease pain and restore function. Our approach to patient care looks at the whole person and not just one symptom or condition. We focus on developing a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person's life back together after injury or disease – without surgery. The treatment plan can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, our rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age and our physicians’ broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.