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Q: What is Dr. Atanelov’s specialty?

A: Dr Atanelov is a Johns Hopkins trained physiatrist or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) doctor. Physiatry is a medical specialty combining neurology with non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Atanelov further specializes in stroke rehabilitation and fall prevention in the elderly. In addition, Dr. Atanelov, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins, has fellowship training in medical quality and safety at Johns Hopkins and authored several publications on fall prevention, pain management and medical quality and safety.

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Q: What is Physiatry?

Physiatry or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a medical specialty combining neurology and non-surgical orthopedics to improve patient function and safety.

Patients limited by their health conditions want to be able to return to their normal life functioning. Physiatry is a medical specialty to help accomplish just that.

Physiatrists prescribe goal directed functional medicine and rehabilitation interventions in outpatient as well as acute, subacute and chronic inpatient rehabilitation facilities to reduce hospital admissions, falls and other medical complications and improve patient satisfaction and medical/rehabilitative outcomes. Physiatrists specialize in helping patients “age in place” and age with maximal functional independence.

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Q: What else does Dr. Atanelov treat?

A: He treats patients with neurological problems such as, stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuropathy, Parkinson’s, carpal tunnel, and migraines. He also treats patients with orthopedic problems such as, joint pain (neck, shoulder, back, hand, hip and knee), amputation, and muscle tightness (spasticity). Dr. Atanelov helps his patients maintain or regain their independence and avoid hospitalization or nursing home placement.

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A: Dr. Atanelov will examine you and diagnose what is causing your problem. He will provide a tailor-made medical and rehabilitation plan of care to address your specific needs. He will work closely with specialist on-site physical and/or occupational therapy team to help you achieve your goals.

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Q: How will Steady Strides help me?


A: Dr Atanelov is a Johns Hopkins trained physician specializing in preventing falls. We will work closely with on-site team of physical and occupational therapy specialists to rehabilitate you to maximal level of functioning. We have had outstanding patient satisfaction and outcome results in general. Our preliminary results with our patients at risk of falls are particularly stellar: 80-90% improvement from baseline compared to roughly 20% improvement reported elsewhere.

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Q: Why should I chose to Steady Strides?


A: Most of our patients have tried physical therapy prescribed by their primary care doctors and did not see sufficient improvement in symptoms. They come to us to get a comprehensive physiatrist-directed tailor-made patient-centered care plan combining medical and rehabilitation interventions to help them achieve their goals.

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Q: I already tried therapy, how can Steady Strides help me?


Q. What services does Steady Strides: Fall Prevention & Stroke Rehabilitation Medical Institute provide?

We provide inpatient and outpatient clinical services, conduct research, lead public health initiatives and provide education directly to the community, as well as, health care students and professionals. Our clinical services utilize team based approach uniting physician, physical and occupational therapy interventions to provide goal directed multi-disciplinary medical and rehabilitation care. Steady Strides is pioneering comprehensive medical and rehabilitation care for senior citizens at risk of falls. Steady Strides is working with the State of Maryland, Baltimore City and Baltimore County to develop public health interventions for preventing falls. Please see our Services page

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