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Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders – particularly related to the nerves, muscles, and bones – that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. PM&R is one of 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. PM&R provides integrated care in the treatment of conditions related to the brain, muscles, and bones, spanning from traumatic brain injury to lower back pain.

Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). They are sometimes referred to as PM&R physicians or physiatrists. Rehabilitation physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Their goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery.

To become a rehabilitation physician, individuals must graduate from medical school followed by four additional years of postdoctoral training in a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency. This includes one year developing fundamental clinical skills and three additional years of training in the full scope of the specialty. There are currently 80 accredited residency programs in physical medicine and rehabilitation in the United States.

To become board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, rehabilitation physicians are required to take both a written and oral examination administered by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR). The ABPMR also has agreements with each of the boards of pediatrics, internal medicine, and neurology to allow special training programs leading to certification in both specialties.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders – particularly related to the nerves, muscles, and bones – that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. PM&R is one of 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. PM&R provides integrated care in the treatment of conditions related to the brain, muscles, and bones, spanning from traumatic brain injury to lower back pain.

Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). They are sometimes referred to as PM&R physicians or physiatrists.

Rehabilitation physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Their goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery.

To become a rehabilitation physician, individuals must graduate from medical school followed by four additional years of postdoctoral training in a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency. This includes one year developing fundamental clinical skills and three additional years of training in the full scope of the specialty. There are currently 80 accredited residency programs in physical medicine and rehabilitation in the United States.

To become board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, rehabilitation physicians are required to take both a written and oral examination administered by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR). The ABPMR also has agreements with each of the boards of pediatrics, internal medicine, and neurology to allow special training programs leading to certification in both specialties.

Rehabilitation physicians use medical histories, physical examinations, and imaging studies, with the addition of special techniques in electrodiagnostic medicine like electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction studies, and somatosensory evoked potentials. These techniques help the rehabilitation physician to diagnose conditions that cause pain, weakness, and numbness.

Once they have a diagnosis, rehabilitation physicians design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team. The team is different for each patient, and the team’s composition changes during treatment to match the patient’s shifting needs. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.

PM&R is often called the quality of life profession because its aim is to enhance patient performance. These specialists treat any disability resulting from disease or injury involving any organ system. Dr. Faragher specializes in Radio Frequency Injections, Botox to treat spasticity, Epidural Cervical Injections, Trigger Points, Cortisone Shots, Synvisc Injections, Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, and Stem Cell Injections.

The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) began in the 1930s to address musculoskeletal and neurological problems, but broadened its scope considerably after World War II. As thousands of veterans came back to the United States with serious disabilities, the task of helping to restore them to productive lives became a new direction for the field. The American Board of Medical Specialties granted PM&R its approval as a specialty of medicine in 1947.

Rehabilitation physicians practice in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and in private offices. They often have broad practices, but some concentrate on one area such as pediatrics, sports medicine, geriatric medicine, brain injury, and many other special interests.

Our office staff is available to assist you 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.

If you are having an emergency, please call 911. We are a specialty office and see patients on an appointment basis only.

An epidural steroid injection is a procedure that can be performed for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It involves placing local anesthetic and steroid around an irritated nerve or into the epidural space. If this has been recommended for you, please visit our instruction sheet under special procedures found on the patient resources page.

This procedure deactivates minor sensory nerves around the spine. This is done using radiofrequency energy to heat the surrounding tissue and deactivate the nerve fibers that register pain. The doctor will access the affected nerve using fluoroscopy for guidance. Once properly positioned, a special probe then allows for the delivery of radiofrequency energy to the targeted area. The results of this procedure can last from months to years. If this has been recommended for you, please visit our instruction sheet under special procedures found on the patient resources page.

Please contact your pharmacy for all non-narcotic prescription refills. Our prescription policy is that it takes 24-48 hours to refill a medication, and we do not refill medications on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. Please plan accordingly. Calls for narcotic refills will ONLY be taken on Mondays and Tuesdays and can be picked up on Wednesday after 1:00 P.M. Prescriptions will not be filled for unauthorized “walk-in” patients. Controlled substances/ narcotic prescriptions require a follow up appointment every 2-3 months. A signed, “Controlled Substance/ Narcotic Policy” is required if you are using narcotic medications. There will be no early refills if medications are overused, abused, misused, lost, stolen, or misplaced. Patients must pick up their own prescription(s) unless pre-authorized by staff. In order to receive prescription medications, you must agree to random drug-testing anytime per Dr. Faragher’s request.

We take patient confidentiality very seriously. All of our employees are required to sign a patient confidentiality agreement regarding the care of your personal medical information. We have a form that you sign at your first visit that states how we are allowed to disclose, or give out, your protected health information. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions.

Any medical records we have on file for you can be obtained by calling or stopping by our front desk. A document must be signed before we can release medical records to you or to other providers based on the HIPAA guidelines.

For your convenience, please call ahead with your request. In most cases, we can have them ready for you the following day. However, if you do walk in and request copies of your records, we will do our best to get them printed for you as quickly as possible.

The billing office, Business Options, can be reached directly at:  (970) 249-3700

Yes, you can also pay your bill over the phone by using your credit card. Just call 970-615-7223 and ask for the billing office.

We accept most commercial and governmental health insurance plans, we may or may not be in network with your specific plan. Please contact your insurance provider for details on your coverage.

We will gladly bill any insurance. However, we may not be considered a “preferred provider” on your particular plan, which means your insurance may not pay the full amount. You should contact your insurance company (the number should be on the back of your card) to inquire about your specific benefits.

We verify your coverage at every visit because it helps to eliminate billing problems later on. Many times, we may not have seen you in some time, and your insurance company may have changed.

Check with your individual health plan.

Please call 970-615-7223 Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00.

Please call 970-615-7223 Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00. You must notify Rocky Mountain Restorative Medicine no later than 24 hours prior to your appointment to change or cancel your appointment. If you do not notify the Practice and you do not show up, you will be charged with a $50.00 fee. This fee will not be covered by your insurance company.

We make every effort to get our emergent patients to see Dr. Faragher as soon as possible. For all routine visits, we are able to offer you the next available office visit.

Prior to your appointment please login to our Patient Portal and complete the medical history form and surgical and allergies form. Also, please bring a copy of your current valid insurance card. In addition, if you have any diagnostic imaging studies, such as x-rays, MRI’s or CT scans, these are helpful for your initial appointment.

So that Dr. Faragher can diagnose and treat you, please bring the latest images taken, whether it is x-rays, MRI’s or CT scans.

We cannot guarantee you will get in any earlier simply because we see all scheduled patients first. However, we may occasionally have a cancellation or a no-show, which may allow the provider to work you in earlier than your scheduled time.

We do not accept walk-ins. Please call our office number to schedule an appointment.

We do our absolute best to make sure you get in to see us at the time of your scheduled appointment. Occasionally, however, there are circumstances that may arise, that may cause Dr. Faragher to be running behind schedule. We will, however, make every effort to get you in as quickly as possible and to alert you to any changes in schedule as they happen. If you feel you have waited longer than necessary, please feel free to check with the front desk.