Physiatrist

Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They help people regain function after surgery, a stroke, or an injury and may also help people with issues such as controlling pain or regaining strength.

Physiatrists often lead a team of health professionals that may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers, all of whom work together to improve a person's recovery from an illness, surgery, or injury. Physiatrists can further specialize in pain management or spinal cord injury.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists can be board-certified through the Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Last Updated: August 25, 2008

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

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