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World-Class Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Care Begins at the Region's Most Preferred Orthopaedic Practice—EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

Our specialty-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, Dr. Luke Robinson and Dr. Robert Westrol, are dedicated physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists committed to providing patients with the compassionate, world-class care they deserve and need to emerge stronger.

Our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors are medical experts who are highly skilled in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating musculoskeletal disorders, including those of the nerves, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

How Our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Doctors Help Patients Emerge Stronger

When our physiatrists develop an individualized treatment plan for a patient with a musculoskeletal disorder, their first step is to perform an evaluation that may include different tests, such as a nerve conduction study or an electromyogram (EMG). They will then develop a nonoperative treatment or rehabilitation plan using physical therapy, rehabilitation medicine, or another medical treatment option.

Our physiatry specialists have undergone extensive training in physical medicine and rehabilitation and specialize in a variety of treatments and rehabilitation techniques, including the following:

  • Fluoroscopic-guided epidural steroid injections
  • Fluoroscopic-guided facet joint injections
  • Pain management treatments
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Trigger point injections
  • Ultrasound-guided interventional procedures

Our physiatrists understand that patients sometimes have questions about their medical or rehabilitation treatment options, which is why they are dedicated to spending time to educate and provide patients with an understanding of their diagnosis, the available rehabilitation and treatment options, and how each option can benefit them. They also makes sure to answer any questions the patient might have about their medical condition or rehabilitation or treatment plan.

Do You Need World-Class Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Care?

If you are noticing any of these symptoms, you should consider consulting with a physiatrist or orthopaedic physician:

  • Back pain
  • Chronic joint pain that is affecting daily life
  • Decreasing ability to perform certain daily tasks
  • Medicine is becoming less effective
  • Muscles spasms
  • Numbness
  • Ongoing issues after a sports-related accident
  • Recovery after surgery feels slow
  • Reduced mobility or difficulty walking
  • Weakness

Patients with one of the following injuries or disabilities or any of the above symptoms often seek help from a physician specializing in physiatry.

  • Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Concussion
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nerve disorder
  • Occupational injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spasticity
  • Spine condition, such as scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports injury

If you have a musculoskeletal injury or disability or need physical medicine and rehabilitation care, our physiatrists are ready to provide you with the world-class care you need. Schedule an appointment with our doctors specializing in physiatry by calling (828) 324-2800 or requesting an appointment online.

We have seven offices located throughout North Carolina—our offices include Granite Falls, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, Newton, Taylorsville, and Valdese.

Emerge Stronger, Healthier, and Better at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

At EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, our patients are always our top priority. Our entire team, from our physiatrist and sports medicine doctors to our physical therapists and occupational therapists, is focused on providing you with the compassionate, world-class orthopaedic care you need to emerge stronger and get back to doing the things you love.

Our physiatrists will be by your side through every step of your journey, from diagnosis and nonoperative treatment to recovery and rehabilitation. Whether you have back pain, chronic pain, or an injury or disorder of the musculoskeletal system, our physiatrists will be right beside you.

If nonsurgical treatments fail to reduce or alleviate your musculoskeletal injury or condition and surgery is required, our physiatrists will refer you to one of our surgeons. All of our surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained or specialty-trained within their medical specialty and are highly skilled in performing a variety of surgical procedures.

Visit Our Spine Center

Our Spine Center is designed to provide our patients with comprehensive spine education as well as world-class spinal care from our spine doctors and surgeons, helping patients get back to enjoying life faster.  

From answering frequently asked questions to allowing our surgeons and doctors to provide the latest and most advanced treatment options available, our Spine Center brings together and combines all of our spine team's experience, knowledge, and expertise to provide one dedicated center devoted to meeting all of our patients' spinal needs.

World-Class Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Care Begins Here