Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

doctor manipulating shoulder joint

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) is also known as physiatry and practitioners in this space are known as physiatrists.

PM&R is one of 24 specialties of medicine certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The term physiatrist sounds like, and can be confused with, podiatrist (a foot doctor) and psychiatrist or psychologist (mental health doctors), however these are completely different specialties.

At Ascent Pain & Injury Specialists our physiatrists focus on musculoskeletal medicine with a particular emphasis on spine conditions (neck pain and back pain) . Musculoskeletal medicine is essentially non-surgical orthopedic medicine. We carefully diagnose your condition and then employ the latest techniques to relieve your pain and restore optimal function without surgery.

Dr. Roberta Anderson-Oeser and Dr. Eric Shoemaker are the physiatrists practicing at Ascent Medical Consulting.

Interventional Pain Management

Dr. Anderson-Oeser and Dr. Shoemaker specialize in all the aspects of orthopedic care that do not involve surgery and have advanced training and many years of experience performing interventional pain management techniques:

  • spine injections
  • epidural steroid injections
  • facet injections
  • sacroiliac joint injections
  • rhizotomies
  • joint and tendon injections.

Diagnosis and Treatment

What sets our providers apart is the time that they take to make an accurate diagnosis and design a comprehensive treatment plan to address the underlying cause of your symptoms and pain. We specialize in the latest advances in medicine that can aid your recovery without surgery:

We use x-ray and ultrasound guidance for most of our procedures and rarely perform injections without imaging to guide the procedure. This ensures the best possible outcome for any procedure.


Many common injuries and conditions can be treated with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation techniques:

  • Automobile accident injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Personal injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Arthritis, Tendinitis, Bursitis
  • Compression Fracture of the Spine
  • Concussion
  • Degenerative Disc disease
  • Delayed Recover
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Herniated Discs
  • Hip Impingement (Femoroacetabular Impingement)
  • Neuropathy
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff injuries
  • Sciatica and Pinched Nerves
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondyloletesis
  • Sprains
  • Traumatic Brain injury
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Whiplash
  • Acute, Myofascial, or Chronic Pain
  • Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Neuromuscular Pain