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What is the difference between physical medicine and physiotherapy

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Physical therapy: Physical medicine is a state of the medical arts that is practiced by doctors who specialize in medical management of many disorders e.g. Pain managem ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A lot!: Physical medicine and rehabitation is a field and a medical specialty (physicians who have this specialty are called physiatrists). Physiotherapy or ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No: Physical medicine (and rehabilitation) specialists, called physiatrists, are specialists treating many conditions and injuries, e.G, spinal conditions ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Options for treating: Orthopedist is a surgeon who has the option of surgical care to help or cure the patient. A physiatrist or physical medicine doctor uses non surgical ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
No difference: Physiotherapy is a fused version of physical therapy. In the US, physical therapy is a preferred term, though.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
2 different rehabs: Massage does just that, massages sore tight muscles. Whereas physical therapy stretches and strengthens muscles and joints.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Inpatient therapy: Inpatient refers to patients that have therapy while they are a patient in a hospital. Out patient refers to patients who receive therapy when discha ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Billy
27 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Location of service: Inpatient physcial therapy is done when the patient is kept overnight in a hospital or rehabilitation facility and typically with other therapies will ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Cooperman
45 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Similar issues: DDD, stands for degenerative disc disease. It is a condition in which the actual cushion between the vertebrae begins to dry out and shrink. DJD stan ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
31 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Difference: Rolfing is a type of hands on therapy called structural integration. It is based upon the theory that if one reestablishes balance in the musculoskele ... Read More

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