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What does a physiatrist do?

A physiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or PM&R. They are trained to treat the whole person and not just problem areas by using a broad range of procedures and services such as joint injections, prosthetics, complementary and alternative medicine, ultrasounds, prolotherapy, nerve procedures, nerve and muscle biopsies, and medicolegal counseling. Physiatrists are trained in a broad range of medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a patient’s life.

What does an anesthesiologist do?

An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who specializes in anesthesiology. Their primary focus is to ensure the safety and well-being of patients during surgery, including placing them in a state of general anesthesia or controlled unconsciousness. They may also administer sedation for relief from pain or anxiety and provide regional anesthetics in which only a portion of a patient’s body is numbed. An anesthesiologist accesses the health of the patient and plans their surgical procedure based on the safest anesthesia plan for each person. They are responsible for the management of chronic and cancer pain, acute postoperative pain, respiratory and cardiac resuscitation, and blood transfusion and respiratory therapies.

What does a neurologist do?

A neurologist is a doctor who focuses on the treatment of nervous system disorders. They are responsible for treating disorders affecting the spinal cord, brain and nerves such as infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), headaches, demyelinating diseases (multiple sclerosis), movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease), epilepsy, speech and language disorders, and neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s disease). Neurologists do not perform surgery. If surgery is needed, a neurologist will refer a patient to a neurosurgeon.

What does a surgeon do?

A surgeon is a doctor who specializes in manual methods to treat deformity, injury, or disease through surgical procedures. A surgeon is responsible for the diagnosis of a patient before surgery, for performing the operation, and for providing care for the patient after the procedure. A surgeon is the lead team member of a surgical unit.

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