What is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR)?
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also Physiatry, (pronounced fizz ee at’ tree or fizz eye’ uh tree) is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders, particularly those of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is one of the 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Physiatry provides integrated care for the management of neurological, orthopedic and musculoskeletal impairments from traumatic brain injury to lower back pain. The specialty focuses on the restoration of function to people with disabilities ranging from simple physical mobility issues to those with complex neuromusculoskeletal impairment.