Diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.
Median Annual Wage: $187,200
Education: Doctoral degree (55%); Post-doctoral training (43%); Bachelor's degree (1%)
Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Related Job Titles: Medical Director; Attending Physician; Medical Director Acute Rehabilitation Unit Physiatrist; Pain Management Physician; Pediatric Physiatrist; Physiatrist; Rehabilitation Physician; Attending Physiatrist, Residency Program Director; Doctor of Medicine/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PM&R Specialist; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Medical Director
Examine patients to assess mobility, strength, communication, or cognition.
Assess characteristics of patients' pain such as intensity, location, and duration using standardized clinical measures.
Provide inpatient or outpatient medical management of neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal trauma, acute and chronic pain, deformity or amputation, cardiac or pulmonary disease, or other disabling conditions.
Monitor effectiveness of pain management interventions such as medication and spinal injections.
Develop comprehensive plans for immediate and long-term rehabilitation including therapeutic exercise; speech and occupational therapy; counseling; cognitive retraining; patient, family or caregiver education; or community reintegration.
Coordinate physical medicine and rehabilitation services with other medical activities.
Perform electrodiagnosis including electromyography, nerve conduction studies, or somatosensory evoked potentials of neuromuscular disorders or damage.
Prescribe physical therapy to relax the muscles and improve strength.
Consult or coordinate with other rehabilitative professionals including physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, speech pathologists, neuropsychologists, behavioral psychologists, social workers, or medical technicians.
Prescribe therapy services, such as electrotherapy, ultrasonography, heat or cold therapy, hydrotherapy, debridement, short-wave or microwave diathermy, and infrared or ultraviolet radiation, to enhance rehabilitation.
Instruct interns and residents in the diagnosis and treatment of temporary or permanent physically disabling conditions.
Diagnose or treat performance-related conditions such as sports injuries or repetitive motion injuries.
Prescribe orthotic and prosthetic applications and adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs, bracing, and communication devices, to maximize patient function and self-sufficiency.
Conduct physical tests such as functional capacity evaluations to determine injured workers' capabilities to perform the physical demands of their jobs.