Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics

Our Services / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)

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About Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)

Physiatry, a specialized branch of medicine, which focuses on non-surgical treatments to help alleviate musculoskeletal acute or chronic pain. PM&R providers treat patients with back or neck pain, work- and sports-related injuries, arthritis, and tendonitis. To make an appointment in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, and Princeton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania, call the nearest office or book online today.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Q & A

What is physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)?

Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that seeks to enhance the quality of life of patients with disability or physical impairment caused by injury, illness, or disease. 

PM&R emphasizes restoring your function, so you have as much independence in daily life as possible. The intention of physical medicine and rehabilitation is to:

  • Reduce physical pain
  • Improve your quality of life

PM&R offers nonsurgical options to expedite recovery, restore function, and reduce pain.

Who is eligible for PM&R?

Patients who have chronic disabilities benefit from PM&R. You or a loved one may consider PM&R support if there is an injury to the:

  • Brain
  • Spinal cord
  • Joints
  • Bones
  • Ligaments, tendons, and muscles
  • Nerves

When these parts of your body are injured, you may suffer long-term tissue damage and other associated injuries and imbalances. PM&R helps you avoid these complications and live a full life despite your disability. 

What is involved in PM&R?

Your PM&R provider does a thorough medical review and sits down with you to talk about your movement goals, the sources of your pain, and how pain and disability affect your daily life.


After this consultation, your PM&R provider puts together a complete and customized treatment plan that may include:

  • Medical procedures
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Supportive devices

The focus of PM&R is not to cure your impairment but to develop a comprehensive program to support a healthy and functional life. Your program may include inpatient and outpatient services. 

PM&R care continues for as long as you need it. Your support may last weeks, months, or longer.

To get the physical medicine and rehabilitation care you need to restore function and reduce pain, contact Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics. Call one of the offices or use this website to request an appointment.