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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR), are known as physiatrists. They have advanced training in diagnosing and treating problems that affect the muscles, bones and joints, as well as the nervous system. 

    Physiatrists conduct physical exams, prescribe healing therapies, and develop treatment plans. Using a holistic approach, they look at the entire person, not just a problem area. They help patients recover from conditions such as stroke, sports injuries, low back pain, spinal cord injury, and cancer. 

    They often work as part of a team with other doctors, therapists and care providers. During your recovery, they may coordinate all your medical care.


    Physiatrists prescribe medications, assistive devices, physical, occupational or speech therapy, therapeutic exercise, biofeedback, electrotherapies, massage, heat and cold therapy, therapeutic injections and more.

    While physiatrists treat problems affecting any part of the body, their main goal is to improve your quality of life. They work with you and your loved ones to restore your body - and your life - as much as possible.

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