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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?

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 the difference between a physical medicine rehabilitation doctor and Orthopaedic Doctor?

What is the difference between a physical medicine rehabilitation doctor and Orthopaedic Doctor?

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 treatments and therapy to help or cure the patient. Both commonly deal with muscular skeletal disorders. Rehabilitation refers to recovery from surgery , trauma, or a disease process through multiple modalities. ...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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What can one expect on the first visit with a physical medicine specialist?

Same as other Drs.: A visit to a physical medicine specialist is just like any other visit. He/she will obtain your medical history of your problem along with a general health history, perform a physical examination with special emphasis on the part of the body that is having the problem, review old records, possibly order diagnostic tests if needed and design a treatment tailor made for you. ...Read more

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When should I go see an orthopedic specialist for my severe back pain?

When should I go see an orthopedic specialist for my severe back pain?

For severe pain: Back pain is one of the most common reasons patients see physicians in the us. If you're having numbness, pain down your legs, weakness, weight loss, fevers, or worsening of any related symptoms - i recommend seeing a spinal specialist in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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What kind of specialist should I see about back pain?

What kind of specialist should I see about back pain?

Take your pick!: If a primary doctor's care isn't helpful; because the spine has nerves, neurologists and neurosurgeons can help. Because it has bones and muscles, spinal orthopedic surgeons and physical medicine doctors have expertise. Because treatment may involve strong pain medicine or injections, pain management doctors who may be anesthesiologists or interventional radiologists evaluate can treat. ...Read more

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I already been in diff specialist, I'm very worried becoz the back pain is almost more than six mos. and no one can giv me right treatment help me pls?

I already been in diff specialist, I'm very worried becoz the back pain is almost more than six mos. and no one can giv me right treatment help me pls?

Back pain: Back pain that lasts six months suggests there is a significant structural problem to account for the pain. An MRI of the lumbar spine and a visit to a spine specialist should provide insight into the cause of the persistent pain and a treatment program to eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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I need pointers for experienced specialist/doctor for lower abdomen or back pain?

I need pointers for experienced specialist/doctor for lower abdomen or back pain?

Pain: You should visit a reumatologist, anesthesiologist with pain management certification, physical therapist, family practitioner, even sometimes a neurologist. It depends on what is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Had feeling of needing to cough and up right back pain for 12 weeks. 3xray and bloods. All normal respitry specialist not concerned. Cancer?

Had feeling of needing to cough and up right back pain for 12 weeks. 3xray and bloods. All normal respitry specialist not concerned. Cancer?

Dry cough: First, you do not have cancer. Second, i would consult an allergist because you may have an allergic condition. Third if the allergist finds nothing consult a gastroenterologist to make sure you dont have gastro esophageal reflux. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain, have gone to pain specialist and have gotten some of my nerves burned to get rid of the pain. 3 weeks later the same painnus t?

Eval SI joint: Often there are several causes of pain. If the RFA was done correctly, the pain should be gone for 6-12 months. Are you using adjuvants like the gabapentinoids? Common back pain can also be caused by sacro,iliac joints and lumbar muscles. I do,assume you had a good work up,with imaging and EMG........to determine pain generator. ...Read more

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