Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a doctor whose primary focus is helping individuals with physical impairments and disabilities.




This is an office visit with a doctor whose primary focus is helping individuals with physical impairments and disabilities.



This is an office visit with a doctor (also known as a physiatrist) whose primary focus is restoring or increasing function and quality of life in individuals with physical impairments and disabilities. This specialty is known as physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).

  • These specialists design programs that use physical therapy and other physical medicine techniques to restore function and quality of life to the greatest degree possible.
  • Subspecialty areas include brain and spinal cord injury medicine, stroke rehabilitation, and pediatric rehabilitation.

Start with your primary care provider before you see a specialist. He or she will be able to coordinate your health care needs and, if necessary, refer you to a specialist. Although a specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else. Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

  • If you are referred to a specialist, check to make sure they are an in-network provider.

What should I know before I see a specialist?

  • What additional training have they completed in their specialty?

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are their Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take? How long will I need to take these medications? What are the side effects of my medications?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Specialist
Rehabilitation Medicine
Office Visit
Consultation


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