Having studied Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,
Dr. Gibberman has been trained
to increase or restore functional ability or quality of life in those suffering from physical disabilities and deficiencies. Dr. Gibberman is trained care for a wide range of disorders that may include brain injury, stroke, multiple trauma and spinal cord disorders, among many others.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, often abbreviated as PM&R, is a medical specialty focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and related tissues). The specialty may also be referred to as physiatry; physicians practicing within this specialty may be referred to as physiatrists or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. The primary goal of physical medicine and rehabilitation is to restoring functionality among patients who have suffered an injury to the musculoskeletal system, such as a broken bone or a torn tendon.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians are trained to provide a wide range of services to patients suffering from injuries or illnesses that have affected the way they move, get around or perform tasks. Patients may seek treatment for any disability, disease or illness that has impaired the performance of their muscles, bones and joints. Physiatrists provide treatment to patients knowing that impairments of the musculoskeletal system can have a profound effect on not on the physical wellness of the patient, but also on the social, mental and emotional wellness. By helping to return the patient to optimum or near-optimum functioning, physical medicine specialists help to improve the overall quality of life for their patients.
Physicians practicing PM&R may provide treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending upon the extent of the injuries sustained by the patient and the type of practice. Some PM&R physicians are employed by hospitals, while others practice at therapy and fitness clinics or private practices. Within the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, there are many subspecialties including sports medicine, pain management, neuromuscular care, and hospice and palliative care, among others.