Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Physiatrists are medical doctors who have completed training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). A physiatrist:
- Diagnoses and treats pain
- Restores maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
- Treats the whole person, not just the problem area
- Leads a team of medical professionals
- Provides non-surgical treatments
- Explains your medical problems and treatment/prevention plan
The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program to put the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease – without surgery.
Physiatrists take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the physiatrist’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists
A physiatrist’s treatment focuses on helping the patient become as functional and pain-free as possible in order to enjoy life as fully as possible.