Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is centered around restoring mobility, functionality, and quality of life to patients who have experienced neurological, spinal cord, bone, nerve, muscular, ligament, joint and tendon injuries or pathologies. Physiatrists specialize in conditions such as spine dysfunction and overuse, occupational health, orthopedic injuries, neurogenic disorders, and chronic pain. Hospital-based physiatrists focus primarily on traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury, and musculoskeletal pathologies. These often include chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, burn care, and rehabilitation. Physiatry requires extensive knowledge and training in neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems.
The goal of physical medicine and rehabilitation is to provide lasting and personalized care to restore health. Many physiatrists practice along-side surgeons, physicians, and physical therapists in a multi-disciplinary setting. Using a collaborative approach allows physicians to design rehabilitation focused on every patient. This affords them the opportunity to meet their individual concerns. Physiatry is oriented around addressing the whole person and every facet of their care. Physical & occupational therapies, neurology, orthopedic surgery, etc., are all crucial elements of our patients care plan, maximizing the potential for recovery and prioritizing quality of life.
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