Quality of Life
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also referred to as Physiatry or “PM&R” is a specialty focused on the body’s musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles and nerves). PM&R physicians use non-surgical treatment options to improve the quality of life for those suffering from joint pain, back pain and other conditions related to the musculoskeletal system.
Typical treatment options include:
- Joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Physical and occupational therapy
In addition to back and joint pain, physiatrists also deal with complex rehabilitation plans for patients following a stroke, hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries and more. The physiatrist may see these patients while still in the hospital to coordinate the rehabilitation plan and eventually home care, in order to prevent a patient from re-injuring themselves after leaving the hospital.
Physiatrists also specialize in the diagnosis of nerve disorders, so you may be referred by a surgeon to a physiatrist to confirm a diagnosis prior to surgery.