Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders (particularly related to the nerves, muscles, bones and brain) that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. Physical medicine and rehabilitation is one of the 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Some rehabilitation physicians have broad-based practices that encompass many different types of patients, while others have a special interest in a particular area such as sports medicine.
Rehabilitation physicians manage issues that span the entire spectrum, from complicated multiple traumas to injury prevention for competitive athletes. Rehabilitation physicians treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move, with the aim of enhancing performance and function. These specialists treat any disability resulting from disease or injury of any organ system. The focus, however, is not on a single part of the body, but instead on the development of a comprehensive rehabilitation program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together (medically, socially, emotionally and vocationally) after injury or disease.
Our unique inpatient rehabilitation program, located on the second floor of The HealthCenter, provides thorough, individualized treatment plans for patients in need of intensive rehabilitation following a neurological condition or traumatic head injury. Led by a medical director and friendly, competent staff, our program continually exceeds national and regional averages for patient outcomes and is accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.
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