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WHAT IS PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION (P M & R / PHYSIATRY)


Physical Medicine focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical problems that affect movement and activity. Typically, these include illnesses and injuries of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular or pulmonary systems, but in the course of treatment, a PMR physician’s care may touch upon all major systems of the body.


While physical medicine is concerned with the repair of the body’s systems, rehabilitation focuses on recovering the highest possible degree of function after or in spite of physical problems.

FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE OF ANY

 

Age, at any time. An illness or injury strikes… and never quite goes away. It could be pain that won’t allow lifting a bag of groceries, or a hand too weak or unsteady to grasp a pen. It might be lungs that struggle to take a deep breath or limbs that no longer respond at will.

 

Whether the symptoms are the pain, weakness, stiffness or paralysis; whether the cause is a sprain, stroke, spinal cord injury, or birth defect – the result is that we can’t do what we want to do, we can’t be who we want to be. The ways we describe ourselves – words like active, independent, athletic, employed – begin to slip away.

 

We at Central Florida PM & R want to help bring those things back. And we have an expert, [experienced rehabilitation team] to do it.

 

ROBERT MAIELLO, MD


Dr. Robert Maiello is Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Dr. Maiello moved to Leesburg in August of 1991 and has worked as a general Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician for over 25 years. Areas of specialty include stroke rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, brain injury, prosthetics/orthotics to name a few. Dr. Maiello is the Medical Director & attending physician at TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital.


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