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What is Physiatry?

Physiatry, pronounced fizzy-at'-tree, is a form of rehabilitative medicine. The goal with physiatry is to achieve better physical health and healing without surgery, through practices including various physical therapies, medications and other non-invasive methods. Physiatry is also referred to as physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists, specialize in occupational, spine and sport rehabilitation, as well as the rehabilitation of neurologic conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and guillian-barre syndrome. They are also highly trained in the complex issues of pain management. The breadth of their expertise allows a complete, accurate diagnosis and treatment program which emphasizes return to optimal function. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians evaluate both the person and the environment in which they function. A diagnosis and treatment plan is formulated based on a detailed understanding of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as well as an appreciation for complex movement patterns involved in walking, lifting and other work and home activities.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians also work closely with other members of the physical rehabilitation team (i.e. physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, etc.) to enable people to have more satisfying and independent lives.

The History of PM&R (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

How Physiatry Started - Learn about the things in World War l that prompted people to work toward what we know today as Physiatry.

New Research Shows PM&R Consultation Reduces Cost and Increases Patient Satisfaction of Low Back Pain Care.
Published by Spine, February 1, 2013

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