What happens in physical rehab?
A rehabilitation physician, also called a physiatrist, is a doctor who is an expert on nerves, muscles and bones. They treat injuries or diseases that affect how a person moves, using a holistic approach.
The reasons people see a rehabilitation physician include:
- Having had an accident or an injury that has left one with pain or limited function
- In order to recover from surgery
- Having an illness that has decreased one’s energy or mobility
- Recovery from the effects of a stroke or other nerve damage related problems
- Having chronic pain from arthritis or back problems
- Dealing with excess weight which has caused health problems and difficulty exercising
A rehabilitation doctor will start by doing a thorough assessment of your condition and needs. They will rule out other medical problems and then develop a treatment plan. When you and your doctor clearly understand your condition and your course of treatment, it will enable you to make good progress toward your goals. Together you will create realistic short- and long-term goals. In the course of treatment, your rehab physician will help you with pain relief, achieve success, overcome setbacks, and reassess goals as needed.
In treatment you will learn the proper exercises and how to do them, along with stretching techniques, massage, and medication that will enable you to get the best outcome with physical rehabilitation.
A rehab physician directs your treatment team and collaborates with other health care professionals, while overseeing your personalized treatment plan. This process affords you the best opportunity for healing and meeting your rehabilitation goals.
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