What are Physiatrists?
Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
What do Physiatrists do?
Physiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who have been disabled as a result of a disease, condition, disorder, or injury. They diagnose, perform thorough patient histories, treat injuries and conditions, and direct treatment primarily using non-surgical methods. Physiatrists focus on a treatment strategy to improve their patients’ quality of life and ultimately enhance function.
How do Physiatrists diagnose?
While other specialties use similar diagnostic tools, Physiatry often employs the additional use of electrodiagnostic medicine in order to detect areas of nerve and muscle damage. This includes electromyography and nerve conduction studies, which are used to measure the condition of your nerves and muscles.
What is the Physiatrist’s role in treatment?
Physiatrists direct a comprehensive rehabilitation team of professionals that may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, social workers, and others.
Physiatrists also perform several minimally invasive procedures combined with medically supervised exercise therapies, as well as medication and orthotics, to restore mobility and function – all without the need for surgery.