physical medicine and rehabilitation

noun

Definition of physical medicine and rehabilitation 

: a medical specialty concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating disabling diseases, disorders, and injuries by physical means (as by the use of electrotherapy, therapeutic exercise, or pharmaceutical pain control)

called also physiatry, physical medicine

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Fernandez will train in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation at Jefferson Medical College’s duPoint Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot graduates UCF medical school at 44," 19 May 2018 The bride’s father, a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, owns Quantum Physical Medicine Institute in Beachwood and Warren, Ohio. Rachel Lee Harris, New York Times, "Another 360 at the Skate Park, This One Full of Joy," 5 May 2018 Integrated interventional radiology, neurological surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation and thoracic surgery filled more than 90 percent of their positions with U.S. medical students. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF med school celebrates an almost perfect Match Day," 16 Mar. 2018 Afterward, Goffer sent another video to Dr. Zev Rymer, the chairman of the conference and a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University. Avi Jorisch, Newsweek, "How a Paralyzed Man Reinvented the Wheelchair to Help People Walk Again," 6 Mar. 2018 His mother, a physiatrist, is chairwoman of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y. His father, also a physiatrist, is in private practice in Syosset, N.Y. New York Times, "Lauren Rieders, Ari Weiss," 17 Dec. 2017 Shazier is still at the same medical center but likely has been transferred out of the acute care section to a hospital facility specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ryan Shazier remaining hospitalized for rehab signals he has a ways to go," 15 Dec. 2017 Physiatrists: After medical school, these MDs complete four years of residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Some common causes for aching feet and how to treat them," 21 Oct. 2017

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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physical medicine and rehabilitation

noun

Medical Definition of physical medicine and rehabilitation 

: a medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of disabling diseases, disorders, and injuries typically of a musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, or neurological nature by physical means (as by the use of electromyography, electrotherapy, therapeutic exercise, or pharmaceutical pain control)

called also physiatrics, physiatry, physical medicine

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