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What is the difference between physical medicine and physiotherapy

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
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
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Training isdifferent: Physiotherapy is the same as physical therapy. A physical therapist goes through training at a specialized school. A physical medicine doctor is an md... Read More

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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
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
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
MD vs PT: Physical medicine & rehabilitation is a specialty of medicine, so that is a doctor of medicine. Physiotherapy is a clinical specialty of a therapist,... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 30 years experience
No: Physical medicine (and rehabilitation) specialists, called physiatrists, are specialists treating many conditions and injuries, e.G, spinal conditions... Read More
Dr. Peter Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
MD vs PT: A physiatrist is a medical doctor/physician who specializes in rehab medicine. The physiatrist went to 4 years of medical school followed by an addit... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
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
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No difference: Physiotherapy is a fused version of physical therapy. In the US, physical therapy is a preferred term, though.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
2 different rehabs: Massage does just that, massages sore tight muscles. Whereas physical therapy stretches and strengthens muscles and joints.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Billy
Dr. Gregory Billyanswered
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 28 years experience
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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Cooperman
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 46 years experience
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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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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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