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Sonya Rissmiller, MD

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sonya Rissmiller, MD

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Sonya Rissmiller, MD
Atrium Health Provider
Accepts New Patients
age-group-all-ages-filled Treats All Ages




  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests

  • Amputation Rehabilitation
  • Neck Pain
  • Acupuncture
  • Epidural Injections
    • Selective Nerve Root Injections
    • Facet Joint Injections
    • Medial Branch Nerve Injections
    • Greater Occipital/Lesser Occipital Nerve Injections
    • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
    • Carpal Tunnel Injections
    • Lumbar Discography/Functional Anesthetic Discography
    • Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Injections
    • Lumbar Intradiscal Procedures
    • Neurotomy (Radiofrequency Lesioning)
    • Hip, Knee, And Shoulder Injections
    • Electromyography (EMG/NCS)
    • Leg Pain
    • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
    • Hip, Knee, And Shoulder Pain
    • Neck Pain Triggering Headaches
    • Myofascial Pain
    • Management Of Neuropathy And Neuropathic Pain
    • Evaluation Of Possible Entrapment Neuropathies
    • Fall Prevention
    • Muscle Spasm
    • Joint And Soft Tissue Injuries
    • Muscle And Ligament Strains And Sprains
    • Stress Fracture And Simple Fracture Care
    • Sports Concussion Evaluation And Treatment
    • Medical Conditions In Athletes (Overtraining, Anemia, Asthma)
    • Exercise Prescription
    • Special Interest In Endurance Athletes
    • Children And Adolescents With Sports Injuries
    • Joint And Soft Tissue Injections
    • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections/Prolotherapy
    • Casting/Splinting Of Extremities
    • Computerized Concussion Testing
    • Gait Analysis
    • Low Back Pain - Acute Or Chronic
    • Stroke Patients With Spacsticity


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“I like the educational aspect of my job. Patients need resources to empower them to improve their condition. Rarely is one medication or one injection going to resolve an issue. I’m a big believer in optimizing diet, exercise and mental health to maintain a healthy body.”

Dr. Rissmiller is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as sports medicine. She has a clinical interest in non-opioid and non-surgical management of musculoskeletal pain, which includes muscle, joint and nerve pain. She also has a special interest in evaluating patients with impaired balance and works with them to minimize fall risk. She is skilled at doing trigger-point injections for myofascial pain. She does botulinum toxin injections for spasticity related to stroke, brain injury or cerebral palsy. She is the medical director for the Atrium Health Department of Physical Therapy.

She has been recognized numerous times as a Top Doctor by Charlotte magazine.

Dr. Rissmiller received her medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a residency at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center.

She is married to a physician and has 2 children, 2 dogs and 3 reptiles. When she’s not working, Dr. Rissmiller enjoys working out, watching college football and going inshore and offshore fishing with her family.



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Medical Education

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, 1995


  • Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation