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Need help choosing a doctor? Is orthopedic or physical medicine doc better for back pain?

Need help choosing a doctor?  Is orthopedic or physical medicine doc better for back pain?

No right answer: There really is no right answer for this question. While an orthopedists and physiatrists training may vary, both doctors are able to obtain the latest information on the most effective treatments. Physiatrists are not surgeons. 99% of back pain problems do not require surgery in my opinion and the track record for back surgery for back pain is not great. However, either specialist can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Chris Faubel
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Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation (Definition)

Physical medicine and rehabilitation or physiatry is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders that limit a person's ability to take care of themselves, work, or participate in society. In other words, it focuses on medical problems that affect how people move, walk, or interact with each other (most commonly muscle, bone, ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: physical medicine and rehabilitation?

What is the definition or description of: physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Medical field: Physical medicine and rehabilitation or physiatry is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders that limit a person's ability to take care of themselves, work, or participate in society. In other words, it focuses on medical problems that affect how people move, walk, or interact with each other (most commonly muscle, bone, nerve, or brain related). ...Read more

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Whats occupational medicine/physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Whats occupational medicine/physical medicine and rehabilitation?

REad below: Physical medicine and rehabilition (pm&r) concerns bringing a person to his or her individual highest level of function regardless of the underlying illness or disability. Most pm&r speicialists (physicatrist) specialise in particular disorders such as spinal cord or brain injury, nerve injury or musculosckeletal injury, or occupational health, or children's physical problems. ...Read more

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Which is occupational medicine/physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Which is occupational medicine/physical medicine and rehabilitation?

They have a lot of: Overlap. Occupational medicine focuses on medical issues related to work/occupational function, injuries related to specific occupations, workplace safety and function and ability of patients for certain work. Pm;r also deals with a lot of this, but also works with many other neurologic issues, such as brain injuries, sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, etc. Pm;r deals more with overall functio. ...Read more

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Whats occupational medicine vs physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Focus: Occupational medicine focuses on return to work. Physical medicine and rehabilitation is much more diverse. Some specialists in pmr do occupational medicine, but many have other focuses like pain management, brain injury, spinal cord injury or pediatrics to name a few. ...Read more

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Do doc use medicine to treat pt in physical medicine n rehabilitation? Or only machine n exercise help pt?

Do doc use medicine to treat pt in physical medicine n rehabilitation? Or only machine n exercise help pt?

All options : Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians use all the options available to treat function problems. This may include prescribing medications, physical or occupational therapy, speech or language therapy, injections, etc. It all depends on the problem being treated. ...Read more

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What is difference between physical medicine n rehabilitation n physiotherapy?

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, physical therapist. Typically the doctor orders the type of therapy needed to be done and the therapist will actually work with you on this order of exercise. The two specialities are interlinked and work together. ...Read more

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What is physical medicine n rehabilitation?

PM & R: Physical medicine and rehabilitation (pm&r), also called physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders – particularly related to the nerves, muscles, and bones – that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. ...Read more

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Physical medicine n rehabilitation is clinical/ paraclinical/nonclinical branch? Can doc do pprivate practice or need a multispecialist hospital?

Same as any doctor: A physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) is one of the many specialties in medicine. He can work in many settings, such as in the hospital or in his own private practice, or both. ...Read more

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Why must I work with a rehab medicine specialist for back pain?

You don't: You can work with anyone you want to. That includes doctors (internists, neurologists, orthopedists, physiatrists), physical therapists, massage therapists, yoga therapists, chiropractors etc. No one has a corner on back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Timothy Silver
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Physical Medicine (Definition)

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a field of study in which a doctor trains to become a specialist in the problems of recovery after injuries, paralysis, or amputations, in addition to sports injuries and work injuries. PM&R doctors are called physiatrists (not to be confuses with psychiatrists, who are specialists in mental ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more