Q&A: What exactly does a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician do?

Question by joe: What exactly does a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician do?
And how much do they make? Is that one occupation or two? Just wondering because my friend has a really nice house and is pretty wealthy and his dad is one of those and is mom is a stay at home mom, so his dad must make a lot?

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Answer by John N
Physical medicine involves bones and muscles and the safe recovery from injury to either. Often the two are and do go hand in hand. People assume doctors are rich, and some are. But with the cost of running a practice, especially with medical malpractice costs, they have a tough time like anyone else. My parents didn’t make all that much when I was young and my mom stayed home. It’s all in how you handle your money and not necessarily the quantity of it.

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One Comment on "Q&A: What exactly does a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician do?"

  1. blueiron511
    20/03/2014 at 6:35 am Permalink

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a specialty practice (requires being boarded- additional training and examination necessary). They are often referred to as physiatrist’s. In a hospital they would work with a team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, and therapeutic recreation specialists in a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program. In a clinic, they would be working with patients who typically have orthopedic injuries or disease.

    Salary is based on need, but a U.S. based PM&R doc who is boarded could make in the $ 150K to $ 250K annual range based on practice size or employment contract.

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