In general, a physiatrist is a medical doctor who has completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians:
The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat disability resulting from disease or injury. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person's life back together after injury or disease - without surgery.
Rehabilitation physicians 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 rehabilitation physician's medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person's lifetime.
*The above definition is adapted from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Feel free to explore their website for further information.
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