What Are Physiatrists?
A physiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.), certified as a specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine. Physiatrists (pronounced fizz-ee-at-trists) are certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Goals of a Physiatrist
The goal of the physiatrist is to help a patient restore function and overcome physical limitations. Physiatrists focus on patients dealing with loss of function, disability, and physical impairments which affect daily living
Which Patients Are Treated by Physiatrists?
From private (outpatient) offices, hospitals, or rehabilitation centers, physiatrists treat musculoskeletal conditions and other conditions which cause acute or chronic pain
Conditions that may be treated by a physiatrist include:
Which Treatments Are Recommended or Used by Physiatrists?
Physiatrists recommend and use non-surgical treatment options including:
- physical therapy
- heat or ice
- electical stimulation
- steroid injections
- trigger point injections
- spinal epidurals
- assistive devices
Physiatrists: Work Alone or Part of a Team?
Physiatrists can serve as coordinators of a team of health care professionals which may include a:
Working together, the team can help the patient achieve pain relief and make gradual improvements in physical function.
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Physiatry 101, Arthritis Today, Nov-Dec 2005
Factsheet 11: Physiatrist, spinalcord.org