What is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation?
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders – particularly related to the nerves, muscles, and bones – that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. PM&R is one of 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. PM&R provides integrated care in the treatment of conditions related to the brain, muscles, and bones, spanning from traumatic brain injury to lower back pain.
What is a rehabilitation physician?
Rehabilitation physicians are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. Rehabilitation physicians have completed training in the medical specialty physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). They are sometimes referred to as PM&R physicians or physiatrists.
Rehabilitation physicians treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Their goal is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery. To learn about some of the conditions rehabilitation physicians treat, click here.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Is very important that you bring a list of all medications you are taken currently plus any results of previous x-rays, MRIs and/or CT Scans. You should also bring recent laboratory test results, all insurance cards, and a government issued ID (i.e. driver's license).