A physiatrist is a medical physician who specializes in helping patients to recover function after trauma such as a stroke, or surgery.

In treating these patients, physiatrists lead a group of physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapists, nurses, psychologists (for counseling), and other social workers to help with the faster recovery.

Note that physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR), also referred as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, targets to improve and restore functional ability and quality of life for patients with physical impairments affecting the critical organs namely brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

The other subspecialties of physiatrist include neuromuscular medicine, pain medications, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, spinal cord injury, sports medicine, brain injury (stroke), and palliative medicine.

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