Physiatry, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), aims to restore and improve a patient’s physical ability and quality of life. The fellowship-trained physician in the Physiatry Department at Kernodle Clinic treats spine-related and musculoskeletal conditions with a combination of medication, therapy, and injections to maximize a patient’s function in hopes to avoid surgical intervention.

Physiatry covers a multitude of conditions and areas of the human body. Physiatry deals with restoring optimal function to muscles, bones, tissue and the nervous system. It can be beneficial for people recovering from a stroke, amputees or patients suffering from fibromyalgia.


Many people might get a diagnosis from a doctor and that doctor might recommend surgery. Before immediately deciding to go the surgery route, it is always good practice to see a physiatrist and get a second opinion. There are many times surgery can be avoided when dealing with conditions that may limit activity and/or cause pain. A physiatrist might be able to show you that physical therapy or other non-surgical techniques are all you need to treat your condition and return to normal pain free activity.

Physiatry treatment is commonly tailored to the individual. Exercises and treatment options are administered depending on the condition, pain, mobility, age, etc. After in office treatment, patients can help themselves recover by following physiatrist instructions for medication, exercise, therapy and rest.


Kernodle Clinic Physiatry provides many different services to patients struggling with pain and loss of mobility. Visit our patient services page to see some of the services we provide and options you have before turning to surgery.


Is honored to have your trust, appreciates your loyalty to our practice and is grateful to share in your health care.

Will continue our multi-specialty providers’ well respected long standing history of excellent service for Alamance county and neighboring communities.

Plans for the future with serving and strengthening relationships with the individuals and families of our community within the changing health care system.

Kernodle Clinic Department of Physiatry is located in Burlington, NC. Our Burlington, NC location is conveniently located right off of Interstate 40/85.

Kernodle Clinic has a 75 year history of quality medical care. Our innovative multi-specialty clinic staffs more than 95 medical providers in 16 areas of practice. Our use of Electronic Medical Records allows us to quickly access your medical records if you are a patient with Physiatry or any other Kernodle Clinic Department.

As a courtesy to our patients, we do file insurance claims directly to all insurance plans, even those that do not include Kernodle Clinic physicians in their network. However, your copayment, coinsurance and deductible costs may be higher if Kernodle Clinic is not in your network.  You should check with your insurance carrier to confirm that Kernodle Clinic is in your network.  Please bring your health insurance information with you to all of your appointments.

We always welcome new patients to our practice and accept private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay options for services. If you are an established patient and would like to schedule an appointment through our website request form, please allow our staff 24 hours (business days) to respond, including Spanish interpreter availability. You may also schedule an appointment by calling our office directly at 336-506-1222.

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