Ryan McCarter, MD
Ryan McCarter, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physiatry

Triangle Region


Dr. Ryan McCarter is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and fellowship-trained in Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine. He now serves as a physician for the EmergeOrtho – Triangle Region on the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management teams. He specializes in non-surgical orthopedic and spine treatments, including image-guided spine and joint injections utilizing fluoroscopy and ultrasound, electrodiagnostic testing, and minimally invasive procedures. Dr. McCarter is dedicated to providing care that centers on each patient individually, focusing on improving overall function and quality of life.

Education and Expertise:

Dr. McCarter was born and raised in Cambridge, Maryland, a small town nestled on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. He earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology at East Carolina University and then went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He then went on to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehab in Charlotte, NC. After completion of his residency, he completed a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine at Atrium health, Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, NC.


Dr. McCarter’s background in not only Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, but also interventional spine and musculoskeletal procedures allows him to diagnose and treat multiple conditions including:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica/lumbar radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Herniated discs


Dr. McCarter applies the following interventional treatment options to help treat conditions listed above.

  • Epidural Steroid injections (both in the neck and lower back)
  • Peripheral Joint/bursa injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Trigger point injections
  • Electrodiagnostic testing


  • Undergraduate education: East Carolina University—Exercise Physiology
  • Graduate education: University of Maryland School of Medicine—Doctor of Medicine
  • Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehab
  • Fellowship: Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist


  • North American Spine society (NASS)
  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

They treat you with respect take the time to understand what your needs are and work toward that gold of fixing the problem. Very professional in everything they do I love going there for treatment can't say that about many healthcare systems. I recommend EmergeOrtho to everyone I see.

Ronnie W


EmergeOrtho is full of wonderful doctors! They make sure they go over every little thing and explain stuff so that you understand. I have 4 different doctors here and have been pleased with them all.

Michelle M


A New Level Of Orthopedic Care Has Emerged

As our patient, you will benefit from a full range of orthopedic services, specialties and technologies, including physical and hand therapy, advanced imaging services, and urgent care walk-in services providing immediate diagnosis and treatment for urgent orthopedic conditions.