Physician / Doctor, Rehabilitation Medicine Salary
The average salary for a Physician / Doctor, Rehabilitation Medicine is $199,680 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Rehabilitation Medicine
Physicians/doctors of rehabilitation medicine specialize in helping patients overcome long-term or permanent impairments resulting from injuries or illnesses. Many patients who seek doctors of rehabilitation medicine have sustained some sort of damage to the brain or central nervous system, which can restrict movement and the use of extremities as well as communication and cognitive functions. Doctors who specialize in rehabilitation also work with patients who have undergone amputations or suffered other structural damage to muscles, bones, or connective tissue and help them regain prior function in the affected areas.Read More...
Doctors who specialize in rehabilitation typically take over a patient's care after a primary care doctor has determined that such treatments are necessary to guide the patient from a recovery state to a rehabilitative one. The rehabilitation doctor will typically assess the patient's long-term prognosis and then work with the patient and family to develop a focused program to assist in overcoming impairments to the best of their abilities. These doctors also frequently work with medical caregivers who specialize in rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapists, when necessary. They usually set goals and parameters for the rehabilitation treatment and then assess patients as they work through their regimens with licensed professionals.
Rehabilitation physicians are licensed medical doctors and typically choose to specialize in this area of medicine during the late stages of medical school or while serving in residency. In most states, they must also be professionally certified by a licensing board. Rehabilitation doctors may work in hospitals, where they are sometimes called to assess treatment immediately for patients who have experienced traumatic injury, but are typically found in practice with specialized clinics that handle rehabilitation therapy. Doctors in this field should expect fairly long work weeks of up to 50 hours in a clinical office setting.
Physician / Doctor, Rehabilitation Medicine Tasks
- Diagnose and treat patients with conditions that require physical therapy and rehabilitation.
- Collaborate with other physicians and specialists to coordinate optimal patient care and recovery.
- Write prescriptions for any necessary rehabilitation equipment, such as prosthetics, crutches, or wheelchairs.
- Recommend therapeutic treatments to aid in recovery, such as hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, and more.