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How Physiatry, Physical Therapy Work Together

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How Physiatry, Physical Therapy Work Together

How Physiatry, Physical Therapy Work Together

Physiatrists and physical therapists treat patients with the same types of conditions, but there are differences between the two.

Physiatrists are physicians who have completed medical school plus four years of residency training. Physical Therapists are medical professionals who complete typically a 3 year post graduate program that includes clinical affiliations/internships.

A common misconception of physiatrists is that they are the ones who are actually performing the therapies. Physiatrists make and manage medical diagnoses and prescribe treatment, and physical therapists carry out the treatment interventions that can include a musculoskeletal examination, manual therapy, an exercise regimen, and physical modalities including heat, cold and electrical stimulation. A physiatrist will manage a patient’s medical issues as they participate through the rehabilitation process. Furthermore, a physiatrist will manage other co-morbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, CAD, COPD, etc.) in order to prevent further medical complications.

At FVOI our physiatrists and therapists collaborate and communicate to ensure patients are receiving appropriate treatment.

Helping You Regain Your Quality of Life

Each patient is different, so the benefits of physiatry and PT will vary depending on the individual’s needs. However, in general, both physiatry and PT can help patients recover from injuries, regain function, and improve their quality of life.

If you’re in physical pain and believe you need help recovering, our team at Fox Valley Orthopedics is here to support you through your journey. Our orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are experts in their field, and patient compliance to a rehabilitation program can make all the difference in the outcome.

To schedule a consultation, contact our team at (630) 584-1400.