What is a Physiatrist?

Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians: Diagnose and treat pain Restore maximum function lost throu...
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What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders – particularly related to the nerves, muscles, bones and brain – that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. PM&R is one of 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Physiatrists, ...
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Why Visit A Rehabilitation Physician?

Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move.  By taking the whole body into account, they are able to accurately pinpoint problems and enhance performance - without surgery. Consider seeing a rehabilitation physician if: You had an accident or you have an injury or chronic condition that has left you with pain or limit...
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How is a Physiatrist different from a Physical Therapist?

Physiatrists and physical therapists treat patients with the same types of conditions. However, physiatrists are physicians who have completed medical school plus four years of residency training. A common misconception of physiatrists is that they are the ones who are actually performing the therapies. In general, physical therapists are trained in the clinical features of common musculoskelet...
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