What is a Physiatrist? | Ottawa Lawyer

If you have suffered an injury in an accident in Ontario, you may be referred to a rehabilitation doctor, or a physiatrist.

How Does A Rehabilitation Physician Help An Ontario Accident Victim?

Rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists) are doctors who:

• Are experts at diagnosing and treating pain;
• Treat the person in totality and not just the pain;
• Lead a team of professionals.  The team generally includes neurophysiologist, registered massage therapists, and others depending on the victim’s needs;
• Provide non-invasive treatments; and
• Restore original body functions lost through injury.

What Is Physiatry And What Is The Role Of A Physiatrist?

Physiatry is a branch of medicine that emphasizes prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to nerves, muscles and bones that produce temporary or permanent injury. Physiatry, also called physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,  is one of the 24 medical specialties certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Do not be shy about asking your doctor for a referral to a physiatrist.  There are many physiatrists in Ottawa and their services are covered by OHIP.  You generally require a referral to get an appointment with a physiatrist.

In fact, the role of a physiatrist will also encompass aiding the accident victim to reach his or her full potential to cope with his or her problems in life. In this respect, a physiatrist may also mimic the role of a psychotherapist or an occupational therapist.

The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth work closely with expert physiatrists to obtain medical opinions that describe and support our client’s injuries where appropriate. If you have suffered an injury and would like to consult with our firm, please call us at 613 233-4529.   Read about the components of a rehabilitation program with a physiatrist.

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