About Physiatry

About Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. PM&R physicians evaluate and treat injuries, illnesses, and disability, and are experts in designing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans. Physiatrists utilize cutting‐edge as well as time‐tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life.

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2011 Congressional Hearing

Academy member Gerard E. Francisco, MD, who represented AAPM&R at a Capitol Hill briefing on the value of rehabilitation on June 23, 2011 comments on the importance of rehabilitation in US health care. Dr. Francisco is chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann and attending rehabilitation physician for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. AAPM&R sponsored the event.