What are Physiatrists?

Physiatrists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat medical conditions that cause limitations and pain and focus on restoring function.

Also called Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, physiatrists provide a full spectrum of care - from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation - to restore maximum health, function and quality of life.

They restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions. They treat the entire person and not just the symptoms. More information can be found www.aapmr.org.

By seeing Dr. Cheng, you are not only seeing a physician trained in Physiatry, but also seeing an "interventional" physiatrist, fellowship trained in non-surgical Spine Care. This means that Dr. Cheng pursued optional higher education to obtain a level of qualification and expertise that focuses on being a dedicated spine specialist.

As a diagnostician, Dr. Cheng understands that the basis behind successful medical care is making a proper diagnosis in the first place. Thus, Dr. Cheng reads each and every MRI scan to assist in formulating an accurate diagnosis, in addition to evaluating the impression of the interpreting radiologist. Please bring copies of all previous testing (X-rays, CT scans, MRI's, etc) and procedures (spine injections, electrodiagnostic testing, etc) that may have been done to your evaluation.

Dr. Cheng believes strongly in a multidisciplinary approach to spine care. This means that occasionally, when felt appropriate, referrals to surgeons, physical therapists, psychologists, acupuncturists, social workers, neurologists, athletic trainers, other physiatrists, anesthesiologists, and even chiropractors are considered. 

The practice is well respected in the surgical community as well, and has a very close relationship with some of the best surgeons in the state. If you need surgery, we are often times able to get you in for a surgical consultation within a few days, and in some cases, even the same day.

The following is a partial list of some of the minimally invasive procedures that Dr. Cheng offers to patients when appropriate:

  • Epidural Injections
  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks (SNRB's)
  • Facet Joint Injections or "Facet Blocks"
  • Medial Branch Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy or Rhizotomy
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Hip and other Joint Injections
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections

Medical care at Utah Spine Medicine is covered by nearly all insurance carriers. Please do not hesitate to call the office for questions, concerns, or clarification.