What is a Physiatrist?

PhyBiglinsiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move

The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) began in the 1930s to address musculoskeletal and neurological problems, but broadened its scope considerably after World War II. As thousands of veterans came back to the United States with serious disabilities, the task of helping to restore them to productive lives became a new direction for the field. The American Board of Medical Specialties granted PM&R its approval as a specialty of medicine in 1947.

Rehabilitation physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians:

  1. Diagnose and treat pain
  2. Restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions
  3. Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
  4. Lead a team of medical professionals
  5. Provide non-surgical treatments
  6. Explain your medical problems and treatment/prevention plan

The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, from sore shoulders to back & neck pain. The focus is on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease – without surgery.

Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.

Dr. Peter Biglin is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His office, Performance Orthopedics, is located at 24255 Thirteen Mile Road in Bingham Farms. He is also a member of the Medical Staff at UnaSource Surgery Center in Troy. To learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Biglin, please call 248.988.8085.

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