The definition of a physiatrist

“What is a Physiatrist?”

Patients often read the word Physiatrist and think they are reading the word “Psychiatrist”. In general patients use the more common term of “Pain Doctor”; many have never even heard of the word Physiatrist. In the medical field, a Physiatrist is often referred to as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician or a PM&R Physician.

A Physiatrist practices in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. This is a branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease and pain.

Physiatrists specialize in a wide variety of treatments for the musculoskeletal system; the muscles, bones and associated nerves, ligaments, tendons and other structures. They also treat musculoskeletal disorders that cause pain and/or difficulty with functioning.

The specialty of Physiatry has been recognized for 60 years. Today there are more than 8,000 physicians practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation. Many of these Physiatrists also serve to coordinate the patients’ care with a multidisciplinary team of other doctors and specialists including physical therapists, spine surgeons, psychologists and more.

Dr. Murali Krishnamurthy, MD is a Physiatrist who practices at Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology. Using a wide variety of treatment options, he helps patients become as functional and pain-free as possible so they can enjoy life to its fullest.

Dr. Krishnamurthy specializes in:

-Physiatry/Pain Medicine

-Therapeutic Injections and Blocks

-Neuromuscular Disorders

-Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation

-Multiple Sclerosis

-Spine Issues

-Sports Injuries

-Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds



Dr. Krishnamurthy’s treatment options include:


-Botulinum Toxin Injections

-Caudal Injections


-EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies

-Epidural Steroid Injections

-Facet Joint Injectsion/Blocks

-Facet Rhizontomy Injections

-Fluroscopic Guided Joint Injections

-Hip Joint Injections

-Interventional Pain

-Medial Branch Nerve Blocks

-Medications for Pain/Related Heath Issues

-Nerve Blocks and Testing

-Pain Management

-Peripheral Join and Muscular Injections

-Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

-Radiofrequency Neuroablation

-Radiofrequency Procedures


-Sacroiliac Joint Injections/Blocks

-Shoulder Injections

-Spinal Cord Stimulation

-Sympathetic Ganglion Blocks

-Transforaminal Injections

-Trigger Point Injections

-Ultrasound Guided Joint Injections

-Viscoelastic Supplementations


To make an appointment with Dr. Krishnamurthy call 763-588-0661. No physician referrals are necessary.