Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine that emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders—particularly related to nerves, muscles and bones—that can produce temporary or permanent impairment.
People often refer to PM&R as the 'quality of life' specialty because its aim is to return patients to the life that they knew before pain and injury.
Physiatrists don't focus on one particular part of the body. Instead, they develop a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person's life back together—medically, socially, emotionally and vocationally—after traumatic injury or disease.
Physiatrists are uniquely trained to diagnose and treat painful spine and musculoskeletal injuries. They'll assess your condition, needs and expectations thoroughly and develop a tailor-made treatment regimen.
Whether you've been in pain for quite some time and unable to find relief; or recently injured and unsure where to turn for help, you may want to consider this fresh, comprehensive, proven approach that some call medicine's best kept secret.
You're not alone. In fact, it's estimated that a mere one percent of Americans have ever heard the word. However, these PM&R specialists have the training, skills and knowledge to help the vast majority of Americans.
Physiatrists complete four years of medical school, plus an additional four years of residency training, and many go on to complete fellowships in various specialties. In order to become a board-certified physiatrist, physicians must then pass comprehensive tests (oral and written) administered by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPM&R) or the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOBPM&R).
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