What is PM&R?
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that emphasizes prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of patients who experience limitations in function resulting from any disease process, injury, or symptom. Physiatrists utilize medications, injections, physical modalities, exercise, and education individualized to the patient’s needs. PM&R specialists provide care for patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders who have acute and chronic disabilities requiring rehabilitation services. The goal of physiatry is to restore optimal patient function in all spheres of life, including the medical, social, emotional, and vocational dimensions. Physiatry has been aptly branded the “quality of life medical specialty” and has grown in international recognition because of its commitment to meeting the quality-of-life and nonoperative neuromusculoskeletal needs of an aging society.