A physiatrist is a specialized rehabilitation physician with a broad knowledge of the body’s musculoskeletal system. Physiatrists diagnose and treat injuries, illnesses, and disorders by assessing the patient’s whole body rather than focusing on just one area of concern.
As such, they’re experts in preventing disability and finding the origin of difficult-to-diagnose pain. Physiatrists often work cooperatively with physicians, physical therapists, and other specialists to create thorough, multifaceted rehabilitation plans that emphasize non-invasive treatments.
A physiatry assessment typically involves a complete evaluation of the patient’s symptoms and medical history, emphasizing past injuries and musculoskeletal problems. Diagnostic tests, such as computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and musculoskeletal ultrasounds may also be used to identify the underlying causes of pain, stiffness, and inflammation.