Sravani V. A. Mehta, MD
is a physician who is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PM&R or Physiatry, and Brain Injury Medicine (sub-specialty). Dr. Sravani Mehta is a medical doctor specializing in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation also known as a physiatrist - a nerve, muscle and bone expert who treats injuries or illnesses that affect how you function. Dr. Mehta is a subspecialist in brain injury medicine, a field that deals with: - Diagnosing and treating brain injury rehabilitation issues. - Providing non-surgical treatments for brain injuries based in physical methods. - Restoring maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling condition. - Treating the whole person, not just the problem area. - Leading a team of medical professionals in the inpatient rehabilitation unit. - Explaining your medical problems and treatment/prevention plan. Sravani Mehta, MD is also licensed in acupuncture. Areas of treatment include musculoskeletal dysfunction, quality of life, fatigue, sleep impairment, stress. She is an expert in post-stroke care, concussion and traumatic & anoxic brain injury, particularly the emotional and behavioral changes seen in these conditions. She is especially skilled in spasticity management to improve mobility and self-care after stroke using botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, nerve blocks and acupuncture.
In addition to her extensive contemporary medical training and experience in rehabilitation, Dr. Mehta is a practitioner of traditional and medical acupuncture. She also an instructor of Qi Gong. Her backgrounds in multiple areas enable her to take a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating rehabilitation issues.
Dr. Mehta is a native of Nashville. After training at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY and practicing academic medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, she is excited to return to Nashville, her home town, and serve the community in which she grew up. While she was working as the medical director of TriStar Summit Rehab, she saw that there was a critical need for outpatient physiatrics services in Nashville, especially for those with a stroke, brain injury or concussion. In addition to her medical training, Dr. Mehta is fluent in Spanish.
Philosphy & Culture
After a stroke or brain injury or cardiac arrest, the hospital saved the life, and now it’s time to leave the hospital to a lower level of care or go home. Once the stroke survivor or heart survivor comes home, he/she starts to consider their quality of the life that was saved. This is when the physiatrist or rehabilitation physician enters the picture, they are here to save the quality of life! The focus is not on one part of the body, but instead putting the pieces of a person’s life back together - medically, socially, emotionally, and vocationally to help lead them to a productive life - whichever interpretation the patient has of their own.
Dr. Mehta is passionate about helping patients achieve their individualized functional goals - from standing, walking to improving golf swing. She is dedicated to providing seamless continuity of care especially between hospital to outpatient settings. She will not put the patient’s file away until there’s an action plan in place.
Problem solving rehabilitation issues is often complex and need a stepwise, patient-centered, interdisciplinary team approach. It involves in-depth understanding of the lifetime changes that occur in a condition that may be considered chronic such as traumatic brain injury or stroke. Dr. Mehta works closely with other physicians, psychologists, optometrists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthotists and rehabilitation technologists.
Dr.Mehta’s strength comes from her ability to work well with patient-centered rehabilitation care teams, which is the key to success in the recovery from any injury. She prioritizes evidence-based treatment modalities that allow patients to capitalize from their time spent on a particular treatment. Additionally, owing to her research experience in stroke rehabilitation, she has a unique perspective to share with her patients during the recovery process.