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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

Dr. Craig Morton
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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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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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What physical therapy techniques are used in ankle injuries?

What physical therapy techniques are used in ankle injuries?

Many: Ice and elevation is paramount. Then rest, compression and crutches. Following this, gentle stretching, and proprioception exercises are used. Good taping and strapping are improtant. Proper immobilizaiton will be use. Other modalities may be used but these are the main ones. ...Read more

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What are important qualities needed in a rehabilitation coach for brain injury?

What are important qualities needed in a rehabilitation coach for brain injury?

Training: A rehab coach for people with brain injuries must be one who is able to differentiate between various types of brain injuries and is able to administer proper rehab program. He needs to have sound knowledge of what's indicated and what's not and preferably have reliable experience in dealing with this type of patients. ...Read more

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What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?

What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness?  Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon?  Xrays best?

See below: Harrington rods surgically implanted usually for severe scoliosis. This is a major surgery and is usually determined by an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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Is there a type of physical therapist that deals specifically with sports injuries?

Is there a type of physical therapist that deals specifically with sports injuries?

Yes: Just like physicians, some physical therapists specialize in treating athletes. Some therapists utilize certified athletic trainers to assist in the treatment of sports injuries. Most school, college, and pro teams coordinate the care of their athletes using pts and at-cs to treat and prevent injuries. Some add massage, manipulation (osteopathic or chiropractic), and other treatment modalities. ...Read more

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What treatments do physical therapists give for foot fractures?

Several: Typically a fracture requires no stress along the area until healing is complete. Physical therapy will be limited to what they can do because of this. They would have to treat it with static form a therapy in which they do not manipulate the area physically. If they do then the area would never heal. Some you laser therapy/ultrasound to encourgae bone healing or tens unit to control edema/pain. ...Read more

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What professionals are involved in hip fracture rehabilitation?

What  professionals are involved in hip fracture rehabilitation?

See below: The first doctor is usually an orthopedist. After that physical therapists, occupational therapists, brace makers may also be involved. If the fracture requires extensive rehabilitation, sometimes a physiatrist ( a doctor of rehabilitation medicine) may also be involved. ...Read more

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Do people with sports injuries make up the majority of physical therapy patients?

Do people with sports injuries make up the majority of physical therapy patients?

In a word NO.: Pt offices are a mix of patients with many different issues. Exclusive sports pt offices exist but they are usually in or associated with a sports program such as a college athletic department. In general sports injuries probably make up 30% of all injuries. Pt's see post-surgical patients from trauma, fractures, falls, strokes, heart surgery, general surgery, hand injuries, work injuries, etc. ...Read more

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What physical therapy techniques can be used with ankle injuries?

What physical therapy techniques can be used with ankle injuries?

It would depend: On the injury. Physical therapy can consist of range of motion excercises, muscle power excercises. It can consist of reduction of swelling, breaking up adhesions. Therapists have equipment like galvanic stimulation, ultrasound machines, lasers etc. ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle?

What are physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle?

Gradual exercise: Exercises including plantar flexion, dorsiflexion, and foot circles should be started early, once acute pain and swelling subside, to maintain range of motion. The intensity of rehabilitation is increased gradually. Ankle splints or braces can limit extremes of joint motion and allow early weight bearing while protecting against reinjury. ...Read more

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What training is needed to do sports medicine in orthopedic surgery?

What training is needed to do sports medicine in orthopedic surgery?

5yr + 1yr fellowship: Othropaedic residency traing is 5 years and includes a significant amount of sports medicine. Those physicians looking to focus more on that aspect of orthopaedics can do a one year fellowship in sports medicine, after they complete their residency. ...Read more

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Are there differences between a physical therapist and a sports physical therapist?

More specialized!: Both therapist recieve the same basic training, but the sports therapist focuses on sports injuries and associated rehabilitation. They are usually part of a team which takes care of athletes, composed of orthopaedic surgeons and athletic trainers. ...Read more

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How are an occupational therapist and a physical therapist different?

How are an occupational therapist and a physical therapist different?

Many : Both are therapists (not physicians) that work to improve overall function in different ways. Occupational therapist work primarily to improve functional activities such as bathing or dressing. The physical therapists tent to treat physical problems affecting mobility (walking). There are many more differences and overlap between what they do (too long to detail here). ...Read more

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Hi doctor, can a physiotherapist or student with master degree in rehabilitation science become a physiatrist? What education or specialty isrequired?

Hi doctor, can a physiotherapist or student with master degree in rehabilitation science become a physiatrist? What education or specialty isrequired?

Good idea!: Physical therapists have a great base of knowledge that would be very useful for a career as a physiatrist. In the us this would require a 4 year medical degree followed by a 4 year physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) residency. ...Read more

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Which type of artial arts training is considered best for physical rehabilitation?

Depends: Any exercise program should take into consideration what you are rehabilitating from. Back and neck sprains should be treated differently than post-spine fusions. The key is to start slow and build incrementally. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. ...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


Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more