A physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor specializes in diagnosing and treating people of all ages with muscle, bone, and nervous system conditions that affect physical and mental abilities. Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors are experts in preventing and minimizing disability. They provide long-term or lifelong care for such conditions as stroke, sports injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
A physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor typically:
Evaluates a patient’s medical history and educates the patient about disability prevention and how to maximize cognitive and physical function
Performs a physical exam that includes evaluation of blood pressure, vital signs, general health, and functional ability
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect mobility and cognitive functioning
Provides direct care for problems of mobility and cognitive function in the office, hospital, and rehabilitation facility
Diagnoses, treats and monitors conditions that increase the risk of disability, such as neuromuscular disorders and chronic pain
Works closely with your primary care doctor, other specialists, and members of your healthcare team to provide optimal care
Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors may also be known by the following names: physiatrist, physical rehabilitation doctor, rehab doctor, physical medicine doctor, and rehabilitation doctor.
There are 314 specialists practicing Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Massachusetts with an overall average rating of 3.9 stars. There are 59 hospitals in Massachusetts with affiliated Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Baystate Medical Center and Umass Memorial Medical Center.