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What is Rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation Physicians work as part of a team of therapists that use medicine, exercise, psychology and training to help people recover from serious injuries and illness so they can achieve the highest quality of life possible.
It takes a doctor 6 years to train and qualify to be a rehabilitation physician and they work to rehabilitate people of all ages from the very youngest to the very oldest, in hospitals, clinics, workplaces and/or in their homes.
The main conditions they treat are those that effect the muscles, nerves and skeleton such as stroke, fractures, work injuries, spinal cord or brain injuries and amputations.
Rehabilitation physicians are expert in the management of the complications of illness and injuries like pain, stiffness, fatigue, memory loss, regaining fitness, and even the use of
devices that assist independence from a prosthetic leg to smart house.
Rehabilitation Medicine: Bridging Health, Independence and Wellbeing
Rehabilitation medicine is a specialist field of medicine that performs a pivotal role in improving the lives of individuals experiencing both temporary or permanent disability. The specialty promotes restoration of an individual’s ability in physical, functional and psychosocial domains with the ultimate goal of assisting each individual to pursue their chosen lifestyle with independence and dignity. In Australasia, practitioners of rehabilitation medicine are known as rehabilitation medicine physicians; a term used synonymously with physiatrists in other parts of the globe.
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