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

Dr. Susan Zuckerman specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Her areas of expertise include neurorehabilitation, trigger point injections, and joint injections. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Zuckerman graduated from Rush Medical College and then she performed her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. She is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michelle Tabao is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). These areas are among her clinical interests: concussion, spinal cord injuries, and trigger point injections. Dr. Tabao accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Our Lady of Fatima University, Fatima College of Medicine. Dr. Tabao is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Gary Yarkony practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Clinical interests for Dr. Yarkony include neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injuries, and stroke rehabilitation. He is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. Dr. Yarkony is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yarkony's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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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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