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What is a Physiatrist

Board Certification: Why It Matters

Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.

What is a Physiatrist? Or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Doctor?

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. 

PM&R physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).

Why should you see a Rehabilitation physician:

  • Make an accurate diagnosis

  • Focus treatment on function

  • Have a broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime

  • Diagnose and treat pain 

  • Determine and lead a treatment/prevention plan

  • Lead a team of medical professionals, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physician extenders to optimize patient care