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Physiatrists are also known as Rehabilitation Physicians and they diagnose and treat patients who require physical therapy.  This therapy may be provided for physical, occupational and mental rehabilitation.  Their treatment goal is to reduce pain without performing surgery.


Physiatrists must develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patient rehabilitation, either short-term or long-term, and can prescribe therapy services, perform electrodiagnosis, and treat performance-related injuries. 

They specialize in a wide array of treatments, from sports injuries to neuromuscular disorders, and work with both inpatients and outpatients of all ages.


To implement their treatment plan, they must coordinate with other professionals in the rehabilitation department such as Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Nurses, as well as Psychologists and Social Workers.


An Associate’s degree from an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program as well as certification is required.


Physiatrist must graduate from medical school and must continue to complete four years of specialty post-doctoral training in physical and rehabilitation medicine.
Oregon Health and Sciences University


Board certified in physical and rehabilitation medicine through written and oral examination


Reference: United States Department of Labor