Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with functional limitation due to diseases/ disorders. Emphasis is placed on the optimisation of function through a multidisciplinary team approach involving rehabilitation medicine physician, rehabilitation therapists (physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, rehabilitation nurse), clinical psychologist and dietitian.
This is done through a combined use of medications, physical modalities, physical training with therapeutic exercise, movement and daily activities modification, adaptive equipment and assistive device, orthotics (braces), prosthesis, and experiential training approaches.
A physician who has completed training in this field is referred to as a rehabilitation physician. Through non-surgical intervention the physician diagnose, prescribes, monitors and coordinates the rehabilitation needs of the patient. From a sprinter with a foot injury to an injured worker with brain injury, a manager with golfer’s elbow or a child with developmental delay, the goal of the Rehabilitation Medicine Physician and team is to treat the whole person not just the person’s symptoms.