Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation job of physicians, also known as PMNR doctors or physiatrists, treat medical conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
Physiatrists treat patients following a stroke, or brain or spinal cord injury. They diagnose and treat acute or chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries suffered in falls, and back and neck pain.
Rehabilitation physicians treat the whole person and not just a part of the body. They address the patient's physical, emotional, and social needs. PMNR doctors check on patients’ conditions, needs, and goals to rule out any serious medical reasons for the issues, and design a treatment plan to help people of any age reach their goals.
Physiatrists direct rehabilitation teams that can comprise physical or occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, and athletic trainers.
Qualified doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation physician assistant have many subspecialty certifications in fields like brain injury medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, paediatric rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury medicine and sports medicine.
They require technical skills like using medical software, email and word processing, and other skills like psychology, therapy and counselling, education and training in sociology and anthropology, critical thinking, judgement and decision making, problem-solving, time management and service evaluation.
PMNR doctors work in clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centres.
A successful physiatrist can improve movement ability and quality of life.
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