Rehabilitation Medicine

UW Health physiatrists, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. By taking the whole body into account, they are able to accurately pinpoint problems and enhance performance without surgery.


Board-certified physiatrists see patients who:

  • Have had an accident or an injury or chronic condition that leaves the person with pain or limited function
  • Are contemplating or recovering from surgery
  • Have an illness or treatment for an illness that has diminished their energy or ability to move easily
  • Are recovering from the effects of a stroke or other problems related to nerve damage
  • Have chronic pain from arthritis, a repetitive stress injury or back problems
  • Have life changes or injuries that have created new challenges to physical function

UW Health physiatrists work with patients to determine realistic short- and long-term goals. Along the way, they help patients learn how to function with pain or disability, achieve successes in rehabilitation or exercise programs, overcome setbacks, and reassess goals, if necessary.