What Disorders Do Physiatrists Treat?

Written by Daniel A. Brzusek, DO

The focus of physiatry is to reduce or relieve pain and restore function lost due to illness or injury. This can range from temporary, short-term conditions like a sports or work-related injury to serious or chronic disorders such as cancer, arthritis, stroke, spinal injuries, or orthopedic trauma. Physiatrists also treat people who require long-term rehabilitation due to such conditions as:

Physiatrists use many of the same diagnostic tools used by other physicians, such as a thorough health history and imaging tests such as x-rays and CT scans, MRI scans, and PET scans. However, physiatrists also utilize other specialized techniques that help diagnose conditions that may cause pain, weakness, or numbness. Some of these include: 

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