What is a physiatrist?

A physiatrist is a physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine who has received postgraduate residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation after completion of medical school and an internship.

A physiatrist is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation that provides care and treatment for any condition linked to the bones, muscles, and brain, including traumatic brain injury. This physician usually heads up the rehabilitation team and works with both patient and family to make recommendations about treatment. To make an accurate diagnosis, the physiatrist may combine information from the physical examination, medical history and different imaging studies along with electrodiagnostic medicine such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies to help make an accurate diagnosis. To become board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, physicians must take a written and oral examination given by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Physiatrists, also known as rehabilitation physicians, are board-certified medical doctors who specialize in treating nerve, muscle, and bone conditions that affect movement. Knee or shoulder injuries, debilitating arthritis or obesity, stroke, back problems, and repetitive stress injuries are a few examples. A physiatrist can tailor an exercise prescription to enhance recovery after surgery or an injury, or to help you work out with limitations posed by pain or limited movement. He or she can also tell you whether certain types of exercise will be helpful or harmful given your specific health history.
Ronald B. Tolchin, DO
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physiatrists, also called rehabilitation physicians, are doctors who diagnose and treat pain and help to restore someone's maximum function after injury, illness or a disabling condition. Physiatrists are trained in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. They may treat people who have wide ranging conditions that cause a certain kind of pain. For example, in treating people with back pain, they may have patients whose back pain is caused by a spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury or an infection in the spine. Physiatrists often work as part of a team with other medical specialists, such as orthopedists and physical therapists, to speed and facilitate someone's recovery.

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