What is Physiatry?
Physiatry, or physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), is a medical specialty that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of functional disorders – particularly related to the nerves, muscles and bones – that may produce temporary or permanent damage. Doctors of physiatry are called “physiatrists.” Physiatrists treat injury or illness without surgery. Instead, they work to reduce pain and improve a patient’s function and quality of life using medicine and physical therapy. Specifically, physiatrists:
- Diagnose and treat pain
- Treat the whole child, not just the problem area
- Lead the pediatric rehabilitation team
- Provide non-surgical treatments
- Explain your child’s medical problems and treatment/prevention plan
Why choose Children’s?
Children’s has three board-certified pediatric physiatrists. These physiatrists work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists whose training and expertise helps children, adolescents and young adults reach their rehabilitation goals.
The rehabilitation team actively involves family in the treatment process because we believe that patients recover more fully when supported by family. Our team works with each patient and family on the development of a treatment plan. We also teach the family how to care for their child at home.
Who does Physiatry work with?
Physiatrists work with patients in their practice, Children’s Rehabilitation Associates, and in the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU), Day Rehabilitation Program and Outpatient Rehabilitation Program at Children's. In addition, our physiatrists participate in multidisciplinary clinics and programs, including: