What is a Doctor of Physical Medicine?
A Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a physician, also called a physiatrist, who specializes in this field and has a deep understanding of musculoskeletal function, and musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) organization.
What Are Physiatrists and What Do They Treat?
We often get asked what exactly physiatrists do, how they serve their patients, and how they differ from physical therapists and other specialists. We wanted to take some time to answer these questions, explore how physiatry is used to treat ailments, and highlight some benefits physiatry brings to the medical field.