Physiatry became recognized as a separate medical specialty in 1947. Most widely known as the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, the medical specialty of modern-day physiatry comprises the related disciplines of physical medicine, rehabilitation medicine and electromyography.
The term Physiatry is derived from the Greek words physikos (physical) and iatreia (art of healing). A Physiatrist is a physician who creatively employs physical agents as well as other medical therapeutics to help in the healing and rehabilitation of a patient. Treatment involves the whole person and addresses the physical, emotional and social needs that must be satisfied to successfully restore the patient’s quality of life to its maximum potential.
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