Physiatrist: The physiatrist is a medical physician who specializes in the evaluation and care of neuromuscular disorders. They focus on the management of pain and the restoration of physical performance through the use of pharmaceutical agents and/or physical rehabilitation methods. The physiatrist must complete demanding educational and training requirements.
Most physiatrists have completed at least four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and up to three to eight years of additional internship and residency programs. The physiatrist can play an important role on the spinecare team. They may also be called upon to evaluate functional impairments associated with spinal cord and/or spinal nerve compromise.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Physiatrist, please refer to the website of the Association of Academic Physiatrists at http://www.physiatry.org/.
To locate and learn about physiatrists who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine