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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)

UI Health Care’s physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians focus on helping you improve your quality of life if you’ve been injured or have a disability brought on by an illness.

Also sometimes known as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, PM&R is for people who need assistance with:

  • Restoring functional abilities for everyday living
  • Reducing pain
  • Improving health

PM&R physicians provide care for many different kinds of patients.

Unlike most doctors, a PM&R physician does not cure any one condition or treat any one body part. A PM&R physician, sometimes called a physiatrist, is a doctor who has received special training to treat people who have a wide range of disabilities brought on by many different kinds of conditions, such as:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Joint or musculoskeletal pain
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Spasticity
  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries

PM&R physicians treat the whole person.

Your PM&R physician works with a team of health care professionals to address your concerns. This team may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, prosthetists/orthotists, and other physicians. This team then creates a rehabilitation or treatment plan that is personalized for you.

Your PM&R team assists you in maximizing your function, independence, and quality of life. It’s a “whole-person” approach designed to help you live the most satisfying and productive life possible.

Your care plan may include:

  • Diagnostic testing, like imaging or electromyography (EMG)
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Rehabilitation with physical therapy, occupational therapy, or others
  • Devices, such as braces, artificial limbs, or wheelchairs

If you have any questions, call the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at 1-319-356-2223.

Care Team