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Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Massachusetts

DefinitionPhysical medicine and rehabilitation, also referred to as rehabilitation medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating, and treating patients with physical disabilities. These disabilities may arise from conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system such as neck and back pain, sports injuries, or other painful conditions affecting the limbs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Alternatively, the disabilities may result from neurological trauma or disease such as spinal cord injury, head injury or stroke. A physician certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation is often called a physiatrist. The primary goal of the physiatrist is to achieve maximal restoration of physical, psychological, social and vocational function through comprehensive rehabilitation. Pain management is often an important part of the role of the physiatrist. For diagnosis and evaluation, a physiatrist may include the techniques of electromyography to supplement the standard history, physical, x-ray and laboratory examinations. The physiatrist has expertise in the appropriate use of therapeutic exercise, prosthetics (artificial limbs), orthotics and mechanical and electrical devices.
GroupingAllopathic & Osteopathic Physicians
ClassificationPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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2081H0002XHospice and Palliative Medicine
2081N0008XNeuromuscular Medicine
2081P0004XSpinal Cord Injury Medicine
2081P0010XPediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
2081P0301XBrain Injury Medicine
2081P2900XPain Medicine
2081S0010XSports Medicine