Physiatry is a specialized field that combines physical medicine and rehabilitation. Its focus is on treating pain and musculoskeletal disorders while restoring function.

The physiatrist is a doctor who treats a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. Physiatrists do not perform surgery, but may prescribe medications or assistive devices, such as back braces, and may also use diverse therapies, such as interventional pain management, heat and cold packs, electrotherapies, massage, biofeedback, traction and therapeutic exercise to eliminate back pain and promote healing.