The most common reason for visiting a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist is pain. Pain is a symptom of damage to various tissues or parts of the nervous system that transmit pain signals and thus one distinguishes between the nociceptive pain and neuropathic pain, and between the acute (short) and chronic (long-lasting) one.


The next reason for coming to the psychiatrist is an impaired function of a joint (e.g. knee contracture), a segment of the spine (e.g. limited motion of the neck), or an entire limb, i.e. part of the body (e.g. foot weakness after nerve injury).

Acute and chronic pain in the cervical and lumbar spine is prevalent due to the modern style of life – long sitting, inadequate mobility and disregard for ergonomic positioning in everyday activities. All these are the habits that seriously impair quality of life. Difficulties with other organ systems (neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory) are frequent as well and they require comprehensive clinical and diagnostic evaluation of the patient.

When the condition of the musculoskeletal system requires operative treatment (orthopaedic, surgical or neurosurgical), physical medicine and rehabilitation again come into focus during the rehabilitation before and after the surgery.

With a professional team of specialists and accessible diagnostic methods, St. Catherine Specialty Hospital provides unique opportunity for a patient to gain access to all those features in a single location.

At St. Catherine Specialty Hospital one can schedule:

  • A specialist examination in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic
  • Schedule a specialist examination in our clinic equipped with the state of the art ultrasound device in Color Doppler technology. After diagnosing the disease or the functional impairment, the psychiatrist will design a course of a targeted treatment of symptoms and causes. The treatment encompasses physical therapy modalities under the supervision of highly trained physical therapists, punctures and local medication infiltrations into affected joints or tendons under ultrasound control, and the classical approach to pain treatment with various medications in accordance with the latest guidelines given by the international societies for pain treatment.
  • Individual program of physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation programs featuring the treatment of painful conditions of joints and the spine after injuries (sports injuries, overuse syndromes) or due to degenerative diseases (arthrosis, degenerative changes of the spine), accompanied by preoperative and postoperative rehabilitation from orthopaedic and surgical procedures can be arranged.