The physicians at University Rehabilitation are Board Certified Physiatrists. Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was developed in response to the needs of wounded and disabled soldiers during World War II. It was officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 1947 and has since rapidly grown to include over 6000 specialists in the United States and Canada. Physiatrists are trained in the non-operative care of back and neck pain, musculoskeletal and sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes, spasticity, nerve injuries, and amputations. They are also trained to perform specialized nerve tests and electromyography (EMG) to look for “pinched” nerves or other types of nerve injuries.
University Rehabilitation is also affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Because of this, Dr. Parziale may be accompanied by a medical student from Brown University or another medical school during your office visit. While the students may be present for a portion of your office visit, all patients will be seen by Dr. Parziale, and all treatment decisions are made by him. Furthermore, you may choose to only have the physician present during your office visit. If you would not like a medical student to be part of your office visit, please let the physician or the receptionist know.