Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

What they do:

Diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.

On the job, you would:

  • Instruct interns and residents in the diagnosis and treatment of temporary or permanent physically disabling conditions.
  • Conduct physical tests such as functional capacity evaluations to determine injured workers' capabilities to perform the physical demands of their jobs.
  • Assess characteristics of patients' pain such as intensity, location, and duration using standardized clinical measures.
  • Monitor effectiveness of pain management interventions such as medication and spinal injections.
  • Examine patients to assess mobility, strength, communication, or cognition.
  • Document examination results, treatment plans, and patients' outcomes.
  • Diagnose or treat performance-related conditions such as sports injuries or repetitive motion injuries.
  • Develop comprehensive plans for immediate and long-term rehabilitation including therapeutic exercise; speech and occupational therapy; counseling; cognitive retraining; patient, family or caregiver education; or community reintegration.
  • Prescribe physical therapy to relax the muscles and improve strength.
  • Coordinate physical medicine and rehabilitation services with other medical activities.

Knowledge

Skills

Abilities

Work Activities

Interests

  • Investigative
  • Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Social
  • Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Second Interest High-Point
  • Secondary-Cutoff/Rank Descriptiveness
  • Realistic
  • Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Artistic
  • Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Conventional
  • Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • First Interest High-Point
  • Primary-Rank Descriptiveness
  • Enterprising
  • Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Third Interest High-Point
  • Tertiary-Cutoff/Rank Descriptiveness

Work Styles