Frequently Asked Questions


What is a D.O. ?

D.O.’s are Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. They are fully licensed medical doctors trained to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms an individual is experiencing.

What is a Physiatrist?

A physiatrist (fizz ee at’ trist) is a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists treat a wide range of injuries and impairments designed to restore maximum function and keep people as active as possible for as long as possible.

What is an Osteopath?

An Osteopath is a doctor who takes all of the same medical classes as a traditional M.D. but has extra training in hands on manipulation therapy.

What kinds of injuries do you treat?

At MRH, we specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurologic impairments which may include, but are not limited to, back pain, neck pain, disc problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other work-related injuries.

Do you have on-site therapy services?

Yes. We have a Licensed Therapist on site that provides neuromuscular massage therapy.

What is Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy?

Osteopathic treatment is a form of manual medicine. It is used by DOs and properly trained MDs to treat structural restrictions (somatic dysfunction) and improve the level of health in their patients. Osteopathic treatment involves dietary, postural, and occupational advice, as well as counseling in an attempt to help patients recover from illness and injury, and to minimize or manage pain and disease.

Why choose Osteopathy?

Osteopathy treats the whole person. Treatment focus is on finding the source of the problem, not just treating the symptoms, and seeking out the major contributing factors that created the dysfunction in the first place or are maintaining it.

What will be the length of treatment required?

Osteopathy treatments usually last up to half an hour and the number of treatments largely depends on the condition. Many patients will opt for periodic preventive treatments to avoid future problems.


Is osteopathic treatment painful?

There can be minor transient discomfort associated with any type of manual therapy however, a pain response would be atypical.

What is Electrodiagnostics (EMG)/Nerve Testing?

Electromyography (EMG) is a form of electrodiagnostic testing that is used to study nerve and muscle function. Commonly performed by physiatrists or neurologists trained in this procedure, EMG testing provides your doctor with specific information about the extent of nerve and/or muscle injury. It also can determine the location of injury and give some indication whether the damage is reversible.

What are therapeutic injections?

Therapeutic injections are usually a combination of a local anesthetic (for example lidocaine) and an anti-inflammatory steroid. Injections are sometimes referred to as “blocks” due to the blocking or numbing effect of the local anesthetic. Typically the steroid injection is the most effective way to get an inflammatory reaction under control.

How do I make a referral?

For a referral or appointment, or for more information regarding our services, please have your physician, case worker or attorney phone our office at (207) 883-3434.


Maine Rehabilitative Health
306 U.S. Route One, Unit B South
Scarborough, ME 04074
Phone: 207-883-3434
Fax: (207) 883-1424
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