Physical medicine and rehabilitation

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What is physician medicine and rehabilitation?

Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), is also physiatry or rehabilitation medicine.


The main function of the specialty is to restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons etc.

Goals of therapy

The goal of the physiatrist is to maximize patients’ independence in activities of daily living and improve quality of life.

Practice setting

PM&R physicians practice in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Conditions treated

Conditions treated include spinal cord injury, brain injury, both traumatic and non-traumatic, stroke, multiple sclerosis, polio, burn care, and musculoskeletal and pediatric rehabilitation.

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