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"Physiatrists are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. physiatrist is a medical doctor who has also trained in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Rehabilitation physicians do not perform surgery, but are authorized to:Diagnose and treat pain
Restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
Lead a team of medical professionals
Provide non-surgical treatments
Explain your medical problems and treatment/prevention plan.
A physiatrist can treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, from a sore neck and shoulders to spinal cord injuries, without the invasiveness of surgery.s a nerve, muscle, and bone expert, a physiatrist will treat musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses related to how you move. By taking the whole body into account, they are able to accurately pinpoint problems and enhance performance. You may consider seeing a physiatrist if any of the following relate to you:You had an accident or you have an injury or chronic condition that has left you with pain or limited function
You"re contemplating or recovering from surgery
You have an illness or treatment for an illness that has diminished your energy or ability to move easily
You"re recovering from the effects of a stroke or other problems related to nerve damage
You have chronic pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury, or back problems
Excess weight makes it difficult to exercise or has caused health problems
You think you"re too old to exercise
Life changes such as childbirth or menopause have created new challenges to your physical function"

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