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What is a physiatrist?

Certified specialist in your care

A Physiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who has received additional training in evaluating patients and is board certified as a specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine. Physiatrists are experts in nerves, muscles and bones, and focus on patients dealing with loss of function, disability and physical impairments which affect daily living. More and more, people are seeking physiatrists for musculoskeletal problems, including back and neck pain. They often coordinate treatment plans for chronic pain patients.

Physiatrists (pronounced fizz-eye-at-trists) are certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR). ABPMR certification represents voluntary participation in lifelong learning to keep skills and knowledge current. It also represents a commitment to quality clinical outcomes, patient safety and a responsive, patient-centered practice.

Part of a multidisciplinary treatment team

Physiatrists at CDI lead a multidisciplinary treatment team that may consist of other doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and holistic practitioners. In the age of increasingly complicated treatments, this multidisciplinary approach yields benefits for both the patients and the health care community.

Helping you restore function and overcoming physical limitations

The goal of the physiatrist’s at CDI is to help a patient restore function and overcome physical limitations through a whole-person approach to his or her patient. Our physiatrists and their team spend time listening to patients and helping them sort out options for the direction of their care.