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What is the difference between physical medicine and physiotherapy?

What is the difference between physical medicine and physiotherapy?

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 management, spinal disorders, etc. Physical therapy is the type of therapy prescribed by doctors in order to help many canditions e.g. Musculo-skeletal problems, pain problems etc. The therapy is done by physical therapist who are licensed to do this ...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 difference between physical medicine n rehabilitation n physiotherapy?

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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Physical medicine is branch of medicine without pills . Is it true? It is same as physiotherapy? Pls advice

Physical medicine is branch of medicine without pills . Is it true? It is same as physiotherapy? Pls advice

No: Physical medicine (and rehabilitation) specialists, called physiatrists, are specialists treating many conditions and injuries, e.G, spinal conditions, strokes, pediatric cases, geriatric problems, neuromuscular conditions. Some times we use medicines in combination with physiotherapy to help the patient. Physiotherapists treat injuries. Physiatrists make diagnoses and write orders for treatment. ...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 the difference between physical therapy and massage therapy?

Lots: Massage therapy involves the placement of the hands on the patient for a variety of reasons. There are many different types of massage just as there are many different types of pt. Pt and massage can overlap a bit but in general a physical therapist has more training than a massage therapist and are trained in the rehabilitation of a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab?

Only location of Svc: Inpatient physical therapy is performed on patients admitted to the hospital, whereas outpatient therapy is performed on patients that are not admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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What is the difference between outpatient and inpatient physical therapy rehab settings?

What is the difference between outpatient and inpatient physical therapy rehab settings?

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 add up to 3 hours of therapy a day. Outpatient physcial therapy is when the patient is at home and travels to the facility for therapy, usually about 30-60 minutes of treamtment. ...Read more

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Hi! What is the difference between DDD, DJD, osteoarthritis, and spondylosis? I am confused. Thanks Ana, physical therapy student.

Hi! What is the difference between DDD, DJD, osteoarthritis, and spondylosis? I am confused.
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Ana, physical therapy student.

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 stands for degenerative joint disease , a condition in which the bone is beginning to become arthritic and may develop spurs . Another name for that is osteoarthritis. That condition may be age and or activity related. Spondylosis is also interchangeable ...Read more

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Does anyone know the main difference between rolfing and art physical therapy?

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 musculoskeletal system by working deeply with the muscles and the fascia that surrounds them, the body will heal spontaneously. While there may be elements similar to rolfing in physical therapy, pt is a much broader term to describe various treatments. ...Read more

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What the difference between physiotherapy and complementary therapy?

What the difference between physiotherapy and complementary therapy?

Physical therapy: Physical therapy is to use physical way to reach therapy aim. Includes temperature modality, mechanic way to move joint and muscle and electric or ultrasound application to reach therapy purpose. Complementary therapy are traditional ways to reach therapy. Such as herb medicine, nutritional therapy, massage, acupuncture etc. There are cross coverage between the two kind therapy ways. ...Read more

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What is the difference from at home physical therapy and going to the doctor's office?

What is the difference from at home physical therapy and going to the doctor's office?

Equipment: Going to a pt office has the benefit of lots of available equipment while home pt has the advantage of therapy in the living environment plus no need to travel if very weak. ...Read more

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Occupational/physical therapy --what is difference?

In brief: They way our wonderful therapists at jefferson university hospital in philadelphia explain it to the incoming resident class: physical therapists work on making sure you can walk or get across the room. Occupational therapists make sure you can dress and wash yourself before you walk across the room. ...Read more

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Left leg numb 10 months, going physical therapy, he said there is a temperature difference in each leg. numb leg colder . any thoughts why?

Left leg numb 10 months, going physical therapy, he said there is a temperature difference in each leg.  numb leg colder  . any thoughts why?

Peripheral Artery Dz: Hi, Thank you for your question. If your pulses are not equal on both feet then you should be seeing a vascular surgeon. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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How can physical medicine help with a stroke?

How can physical medicine help with a stroke?

Many benefits: Physical medicine (a medical specialty known as physiatry) can provide stroke rehabilitation by strength training, core strengthening, gait training, coordination training, assisting with activities of daily living (adl's) etc. All of these are to assist in improving or maintaining independence. ...Read more

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Is there any similarity between orthopedic n physical medicine?

Is there any similarity between orthopedic n physical medicine?

Some: Orthopedist s are surgeons and physical medicine physicians (physiatrist) are not. Both are trained to deal with muscle and bone issues but few physiatrists do fracture care. ...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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If depression is psychological, how is it treated with a physical medicine program?

If depression is psychological, how is it treated with a physical medicine program?

Hope this helps: Exercise: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/12/exercise.aspx http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495 Medications, sleep hygiene, Healthy lifestyle encouragement, pain control, etc. ...Read more

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Can I have physical therapy when im taking anti- TB drugs?

Can I have physical therapy when im taking anti- TB drugs?

Yes: Taking antituberculous medications should not inhibit your exercise patterns as long as you do not overdo things. ...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. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more