Medical Specialty that focuses on the “big picture”

Physical medicine and rehabilitation(PM&R) helps patients to regain function after a disease, disorder or injury. These doctors, also known as physiatrists, help patients to recover their full life considering their physical, emotional, social, medical and vocational needs. They treat the whole person, not just the problem area.

What is the goal of physical medicine?

The goal is to help patients achieve the highest level of function and the best quality of life possible. When putting together a plan, success could include:

  • Improve daily activities
  • Maximize independence
  • Improve functionality without the need for surgical intervention
  • Decrease pain

Is Physical Medicine right for me?

If you suffer from disabilities, then physical medicine can help to diagnose and treat your condition. These conditions might include: cognitive problems, orthopedic issues, mobility concerns, bowel and bladder problems, gait disorders, feeding and swallowing difficulties, communication problems, pain, and muscle stiffness or hypotonia. Physiatrists work cross-functionally with a wide range of doctors including neurologists, orthopedists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, primary care physicians, and others to address the patient’s concerns and improve function and quality of life.

If you or a loved one are suffering from a disability, please reach out to our local Physical Medicine team at Healthstar Physicians. Our team will diagnose and treat your condition so that you can regain function and benefit from an improved quality of life. Healthstar Physicians offers a wide range of medical specialties as well as a great staff of general physicians. If you are needing medical support, please reach out to our team to set up an appointment. We take most forms of insurance and have offices across East Tennessee.