What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. They are also known as physiatrists. They treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the nerves, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Some physiatrists complete advanced fellowship training for subspecialty certification.  Dr Wetzel has completed a pain fellowship and has extensive training in image guided injections.

PM&R physicians treat patients of a variety of ages, and focus on improving function. They have a broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a persons lifetime. They can help determine and lead a treatment/prevention plan. They work with physical therapist and occupational therapist to optimize patient care.

PM&R physicians have completed four years of medical school, followed by four additional years of PM&R residency. Fellowship training is additional time there after.

PM&R is often called the quality of life profession, because it’s aim is to enhance patient performance. There is a holistic focus not on one part of the body, but instead on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together after injury or disease.

The specialty developed in the 1930s to address musculoskeletal and neurological problems. The field broadened its scope considerably after World War II. As thousands of veterans came back to the US with serious disabilities, the task of helping to restore them to productive lives became a new direction for the field. Today the ABPMR ensures high quality training, testing for board certification and maintaining certification through lifelong learning.

For more information visit the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilation website –    https://www.aapmr.org/about-physiatry/about-physical-medicine-rehabilitation

For an appointment with one of our PM&R physicians, schedule online or call 812-477-1558.