Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also referred to as Physiatrists, are physicians often with a subspecialty in Sports, Pain, or other disciplines. Physiatrists treat a wide variety of conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. While they are often associated with and may prescribe Physical Therapists and Chiropractors as a part of a holistic treatment plan, being physicians, Physiatrists diagnosis and treat sports and spine-related injuries as well as restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions. Chiropractors and Physical Therapists use the guidance from physicians, often physiatrists, to help support to a treatment plan.
Physiatrists are often preferred to and in most cases precede Orthopaedists, especially among athletes, as they are known for their holistic and interventional treatment of pain, sports, and other debilitating conditions non-surgically to restore patients to full mobility faster and without the time associated with surgical recovery. Having a physiatrist is like having a primary care physician for your sports and musculoskeletal needs, maintenance, and injury. Treatment is focused on restoring function, reducing pain, and improving quality of life, getting patients back into the game. If you are an athlete, recovering from stroke or other debilitating conditions, or have any other musculoskeletal issues, you may benefit from a visit to a Physiatrist.