A physiatrist, or rehabilitation physician, is a medical doctor who has also completed residency training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). This physician is a nerve, muscle, bone and brain expert who treats injury or illness nonsurgically to decrease pain and restore function. The physiatric approach to patient care looks at the whole person and not just one symptom or condition. Rehabilitation physicians do not perform surgery.
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the national medical specialty organization that represents over 8,000 physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.
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