Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is a medical specialty focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of disorders that cause impaired movement. PM&R physicians are nerve, muscle, bone and brain experts who treat injuries or illnesses that cause pain or change how people move. They consider the whole body to pinpoint problems. Your PM&R physician will conduct a thorough assessment to rule out any serious medical illnesses. Patients have a wide range of issues that may be mild or that have a significant impact on their lives. Your physician will consider your individual condition, personal needs and expectations in developing a treatment plan.

Your PM&R specialist may develop specific exercise programs to maintain and increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, improve awareness of joint position, provide muscle relaxation, and enhance aerobic fitness. Examples include strengthening and enhancing motion in a runner's sprained ankle; improving range of motion and preventing contracture in a spastic spinal-cord-injured patient; or providing optimal heart and lung fitness for someone who has recently had a heart attack.

Working with other departments, our physicians can also evaluate you and prescribe assistive and adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes, and other mobility aids, back braces, orthotics, prosthetics, and various other tools to help you gain greater independence, comfort and safety.

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The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists at Oakland Regional Hospital focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of disorders that cause impaired movement. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or a decrease in function, click here to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at 248-423-8484.