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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Defne Hospital

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical medicine and rehabilitation is a medical discipline that works with multidisciplinary approach to eliminate and recover the disability, which affects life and quality of life of patient, and to have patient resume social life efficiently. Best treatment option is determined for inpatients or outpatients of physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic according to patient-specific condition. Numerous treatment methods and technological equipment are used, including but not limited to thermotherapy that uses thermal energy determine functional capacity and eliminate dysfunctions secondary to irreversible injuries, which result with limitation of range of motion, and cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, electric current, phototherapy, mechanotherapy and medication treatment.

In addition to diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, orthopedic rehabilitation is performed following orthopedic surgeries, while neurological rehabilitation is available for post-stroke movement disorders, facial palsy and nerve injuries and pediatric rehabilitation is considered for post-natal diseases. Physiatrists also deal with rehabilitation following hand surgery performed to correct nerve cuts, fractures and similar problems as well as rehabilitation of movement disorders secondary to burns.

Who is Physiatrist and Who is Physiotherapist?

Physicians of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic are called physiatrist, who needs to be educated on physical medicine and rehabilitation for 4 years following medical education (6 years). Physiatrists use high-tech devices to deal with treatment of outpatients, inpatients and intensive care unit patients in special examination rooms, physiotherapy and exercise halls. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of numerous musculoskeletal diseases, the department works in collaboration with other departments (multidisciplinary approach) and thus, it also plays a role in treatment of patients, who are hospitalized at other departments. It ensures recovery to routine life for patients, who have arthralgia, limited range of motion, muscle strength loss, balance disorder, posture disorder and gait disorder. On the other hand, physiotherapist is a person with 4-year degree at school of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in universities. They are certified healthcare professionals who apply the treatment program planned by physiatrists to eliminate physical limitations caused by diseases, injuries and advanced age.

Do not ignore health check-up at regular intervals for a healthy and quality life.

Which complaints require presentation to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department?

All joint-muscle pains
  • They include pains caused by arthritis, fracture, dislocation and sprain or problems that are specific to the location of pain:
  • Cervicalgia-dorsalgia-lumbalgia (pain secondary to hernia, scoliosis and posture disorders, soft tissue pain etc.)
  • Shoulder pain (muscle tears, frozen shoulder etc.)
  • Arm-elbow pain (tennis elbow etc.)
  • Hand-wrist pain
  • Hip-leg pain
  • Knee pain (meniscus-ligament lesions etc…)
  • Knee pain (meniscus-ligament lesions etc…)

In addition to diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, orthopedic rehabilitation is performed following orthopedic surgeries, while neurological rehabilitation is available for post-stroke movement disorders, facial palsy and nerve injuries and pediatric rehabilitation is considered for post-natal diseases. Physiatrists also deal with rehabilitation following hand surgery performed to correct nerve cuts, fractures and similar problems as well as rehabilitation of movement disorders secondary to burns.

Who is Physiatrist and Who is Physiotherapist?

Physicians of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic are called physiatrist, who needs to be educated on physical medicine and rehabilitation for 4 years following medical education (6 years). Physiatrists use high-tech devices to deal with treatment of outpatients, inpatients and intensive care unit patients in special examination rooms, physiotherapy and exercise halls. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of numerous musculoskeletal diseases, the department works in collaboration with other departments (multidisciplinary approach) and thus, it also plays a role in treatment of patients, who are hospitalized at other departments. It ensures recovery to routine life for patients, who have arthralgia, limited range of motion, muscle strength loss, balance disorder, posture disorder and gait disorder. On the other hand, physiotherapist is a person with 4-year degree at school of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in universities. They are certified healthcare professionals who apply the treatment program planned by physiatrists to eliminate physical limitations caused by diseases, injuries and advanced age.

Do not ignore health check-up at regular intervals for a healthy and quality life.

Bone diseases (osteomalacia, Paget’s disease etc…)

Md. Dr. Özcan SEYYAH
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Md. Dr. Ayhan MANSUROĞLU
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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