Physiatrists specialize in non-surgical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry. We provide patients with comprehensive care to relieve pain, recover from injury, and regain function from disabilities. As specialists, we focus on the body’s musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and tendons. Physiatrists treat patients of all ages with diverse problems ranging from simple sprains to complex disorders, such as spinal cord injury. Our comprehensive care includes treating the entire patient, not just symptoms.
Physiatry, or PM&R, became widely known and utilized after World War II, when many soldiers returned from the war with serious musculoskeletal disabilities. Recognizing the benefits of physiatry, the Advisory Board of Medical Specialties approved PM&R as a specialty of medicine in 1947.
For more information about Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, visit the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation website.