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What is a physiatrist?

A physiatrist (fizz-ee-at-rist) is a doctor trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation. This doctor focuses on the nerves, muscles, bones and brain function that control how you move. Physiatrists use non-surgical treatments and rehabilitation plans to restore function lost due to injury, disease or disorder. The focus is on improving a patient's life and health, not just on treating a specific condition. The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is an organization devoted to the practice of physiatry.

Please click here to visit the AAPMR website to learn more about physiatry.

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