Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) is an independent area of medical specialism. It is concerned with promoting physical and cognitive function, activity (including behaviour), participation (including quality of life), and improving both personal and environmental factors. It is responsible for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation management in individuals of all ages who have limiting health impairments and comorbidities.
A holistic approach to treatment
Specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation apply a holistic approach to the treatment of patients with acute and chronic illnesses. These may be spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal and neurological illnesses, amputations, functional disorders of the pelvic organs, cardiopulmonary illnesses or disabilities as a result of chronic pain or cancers.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation fundamentally meets the requirements of somatic rehabilitation. In specialised acute medical care for patients and in highly specialised cases, this discipline works closely with specialists in curative medicine.