Physiatrists are redundant these days as Physiotherapists are far better educated and able to make diagnosis and treatment plans. Cannot believe there are still programs out there for Physiatry when Physiotherapists who also have Colleges to ensure hi quality patient care exist. Have an MSI? See you local Physiotherapist. JE Sleeth

Mary Kneiser

Physiatrists are physicians who have completed training in physical and rehabilitation medicine. They treat people with physical disabilities resulting from injuries and illnesses in the nerves, muscles, and bones.


To become a physiatrist, four years of medical school and another four years of residency training must be completed. The first year of residency training is spent on internal medicine while the remaining three years are devoted to specialty training.

After completing the residency, the physiatrist may complete fellowship training in the treatments of spine-related pain or dysfunction, pain management for the treatment of many chronic pain, sports medicine, brain injury rehabilitation, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, or pediatric medicine. In the United States, there are six formal sub-specializations recognized under physical and rehabilitation medicine, including hospice and palliative medicine, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, spinal cord injury medicine, and sports medicine.

Career path

Physiatrists can practice their profession…

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