Physical Medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) also known as physiatry, is a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments and/or disabilities. Physiatrists specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injury to their muscles, bones, tissues and nerves.
Common conditions that are treated by physiatrists include but are not limited to; amputation, spinal cord injuries, sports injuries, stroke, musculoskeletal pain such as low back pain, fibromyalgia and traumatic brain injury.
Physiatrists will also use nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). These tests are used to assess the health of the muscles and the nerves that control them. These test are helpful in the diagnosising the causes of lumbar, thoracic and cervical spinal pain and weakness.
The physiatrist will work closely with other members of the medical community such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapist and Speech Language Pathologist. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive treatment program to improve the patient's quality of life and independence.
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St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson
Rehabilitation Medicine Department: 973.754.2946