Common Questions About Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
What is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)?
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also known as PM&R, is a specialty area of medicine focused on improving and restoring an individual’s functional ability. Further, this field of practice aims to improve quality of life for a wide range of people suffering from disabilities or physical impairments resulting from disease or injury.
What is a Physiatrist?
A Physiatrist is a medical doctor that has been trained in the specialty area of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Patients suffering from physical impairments of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, brain, spinal cord and nerves may benefit from working with a physiatrist. Physiatrists work with a team of other medical professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthopaedic surgeons, primary care doctors and neurologists in order to develop a treatment plan specific for the individual. Additionally, physiatrists often involve non-medical professionals such as social workers, psychologists and vocational counselors to ensure treatment addresses many facets of the patient’s life. In many cases, the physiatrist takes lead on developing and facilitating the treatment plan in order to optimize overall care of each patient.
What services can a PM&R physician provide?
- Variety of injections, including spine, using fluoroscopic guidance
- Nerve conduction studies (NCS) Electromyography (EMG)
- Spasticity management
- Trigger point injections for certain muscle disorders
- Joint injections