WHO IS A PHYSIATRIST?
who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are called
"physiatrists". Physiatrists are specialists in the diagnosis and
treatment of patients of all ages in three major areas of medical care.
1. Diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and pain syndromes
These include sports and/or work injuries to degenerative conditions as common as arthritis or low back pain.
2. Electrodiagnostic medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is specialty of medicine in
which special training in electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction
studies is required. These procedures are used for evaluation of
various neurologic disorders.
3. Rehabilitation of patients with severe impairments
The physiatrist directs a comprehensive rehabilitation team of
professionals that may include physical therapists, occupational
therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation nurses,
psychologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists and others.
Physiatrists treat neurologic rehabilitation conditions including
stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Many other disabling
conditions such as amputations, multiple trauma, burns and sports
injuries are treated as well.