Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that seeks to realign a patient’s spine and treat soft tissue areas of the entire musculoskeletal system through massage, fascial stretching and educating on proper movement.
What is PM&R?
Physiatrists treat the whole person. They address the patient’s physical, emotional, and social needs during rehabilitation. Physiatrists direct a rehabilitation team that may include physical or occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, and athletic trainers.
How can PM&R help me?
PM&R doctors can help patients with chronic disease, pain, or disabilities progress toward optimal function. Rehabilitation involves the use of physical agents and therapeutic exercise to help patients:
- Reduce pain
- Improve the quality of life
- Recover from temporary or severe impairment
- Learn how to use assistive devices, such as braces, wheelchairs, and walkers.