Physiatrists, on the other hand, make and manage medical diagnoses and prescribe the therapies that physical therapists will subsequently perform. The role of the physiatrist is to manage a patient’s medical issues as they participate through the rehabilitation process. A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain medicine.
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It is from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on stroke care after your initial hospital stay (Post-acute). You will find very helpful information.