• What is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation?

    The specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is also know as Physiatry (pronounced fizz-I-ah-tree). Today’s PM&R doctors specialize in directing and supervising the care of patients who are disabled as a result of disease, condition, disorder or injury.

  • What is a PM&R physician?

    PM&R physicians, or physiatrists, are medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and may be certified in a subspecialty such as Brain Injury Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and/or Sports Medicine.

  • What conditions do PM&R physicians treat?

    PM&R physicians commonly coordinate the care of conditions such as:  spinal cord injuries; sports injuries; stroke; spine and joint pain; industrial and auto injuries; fibromyalgia; chronic pain; and traumatic brain injury. There are approximately 7,500 board certified PM&R doctors practicing in the U.S.

  • What kind of training do PM&R physicians have?

    PM&R physician must graduate from medical school and then complete four additional years of postdoctoral training in a physical medicine and rehabilitation. Many PM&R physicians choose to pursue additional advanced degrees (MS, PhD) or complete fellowship training in a specific area of the specialty.

  • How do PM&R physicians diagnose?

    PM&R physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions associated with disabilities.  PM&R physicians collaborate with neurologists, orthopedists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists, and primary care physicians to develop and direct a personalized treatment plan that improves the patient’s function and quality of life.

  • What is the PM&R physician's role in treatment?

    Once a diagnosis is made, PM&R physicians develop an individualized treatment plan that can involve a variety of medical and rehabilitation specialists.  The PM&R physician is like the conductor of an orchestra, making sure that the patient’s care is coordinated and focused on improving quality of life.

  • What type of treatments do PM&R physicians offer?

    PM&R physicians offer a broad array of treatments.  They can prescribe medications, prosthetic devices, and other assistive devices.  They can also prescribe physical therapy, electrotherapies, massage, biofeedback, traction and therapeutic exercise as well as occupational and speech language therapies.