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Holistic training: PMR training is a 4 year post medical school residency that graduates doctors with diagnostic and treatment training in muscle, nerve, brain function. Coordination, balance, cognition, joint function, self care skills, mobility, work ability, reaction time can all be affected adversely by orthopedic or neurological disease. We treat those problems and improve independence. ...Read more
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
Podiatrist: The best way to cast for custom orthotics is to make plaster molds of each foot while holding the subtalar joint in neutral position. As far as I know, only podiatrists use this technique. Other techniques include stepping in a foam box and stepping on a computer screen but these do no correct for abnormalities in biomechanics. Good podiatrists make orthotics that actually correct problems. ...Read more
Different: A physiatrist is a medical doctor who takes a history, reviews your records, & examines you to identify the source of your pain & give a medical diagnosis. A physical therapist can evaluate your neck and design therapies (stretching, strengthening, manual therapy, heat, traction, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization). Best to get a diagnosis first, them customize therapy for the diagnosis. ...Read more
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Why do people may get prescribed many physiatrics drugs before finding the best treatment? Because no apparent way of measuring neurotransmitters?
Many do not believe in testing of neurotransmitters. Not sure what to think myself some days. That said, I measure nts in the urine all the time. Those measures combined with salva specimen for adrenal and sex hormones as well as blood for the usual suspects including thyroid give me good info that I use to understand symptoms and guide treatment.
Consider exploring 2c if it's right 4u. ...Read more