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Specializes in Physiatry
1975 Lin Lor Lane; Suite 195
Elgin, IL
 

Dr. Susan Zuckerman's area of specialization is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Zuckerman's clinical interests include neurorehabilitation, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zuckerman takes. She studied medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Zuckerman trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for her residency. She is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Electromyography, Botox Injection, Traumatic Brain Injury, Musculoskeletal Problems, Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelle Pamplona Tabao-Lee, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
1975 Lin Lor Lane; Suite 195
Elgin, IL
 

Dr. Michelle Tabao is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She works in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: concussion, spinal cord injuries, and trigger point injections. She is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. Dr. Tabao is a graduate of Our Lady of Fatima University, Fatima College of Medicine. Dr. Tabao is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Holistic Approaches, Herniated Disc, Fibromyalgia, Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary T Norek, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
820 S Il Route; 59 Ste 320
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Mary Norek's area of specialization is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, she performed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Norek is especially interested in trigger point injections, spine problems, and neck problems. She is rated highly by her patients. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Norek's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Trigger Point Injections, Electromyography

Specializes in Physiatry
1975 Lin Lor Lane; Suite 195
Elgin, IL
 

Dr. Gary Yarkony's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He obtained his medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His areas of expertise consist of neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injuries, and stroke rehabilitation. Dr. Yarkony is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurorehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injuries, Stroke Rehabilitation

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What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

The specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is not one that many people are immediately familiar with, yet it is one that serves thousands of people every year. Also known as Physiatry, it is sometimes simply referred to as Rehabilitation or Rehab. This specialty focuses on restoring quality of life for patients who are experiencing physical pain or loss of function after a traumatic illness or injury. After major surgery, a car accident, a long illness such as cancer, or a major change to the body (such as the loss of a limb), it is the PM&R physicians who help patients begin to feel better and put the pieces of their life back together again.

PM&R physicians work with patients who have been disabled by pain or the loss of motion or cognition, and they find ways to restore function. They may consult with other physicians such as neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, or psychiatrists. PM&R specialists treat the whole person, not specific symptoms or illnesses, and their goal is to help patients lead active and able lives.

One example of services performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician is teaching a patient who just had a leg amputated how to get around the house, use the bathroom, bathe, and care for themselves. A different example might be helping a patient learn how to walk again after a traumatic brain injury. Because there are so many different causes of pain and disability, the list of services provided by PM&R physicians is nearly endless. Generally, services that are provided by a PM&R specialist can fall into one of the following care categories:
  • Self-care skills (bathing, grooming)
  • Physical care (feeding, taking medication)
  • Mobility
  • Respiratory care (ventilator care, exercises for lung function)
  • Communication
  • Cognitive skills (memory, problem solving)
  • Vocational training
  • Pain management
  • Psychological counseling (adapting to a disability)

Because there are so many options, it can be a very creative specialty. When accidents, pain, or illness cause disability, it is the physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists who are there to give patients their life back.
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