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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultation of the Inpatient with Chronic Pain 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultation of the Inpatient with Chronic Pain
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultation of the Inpatient with Chronic Pain
Author(s):

Danielle Sarno

, Stefan C. Muzin

, Joseph Walker

, and Susan M. Ludwig

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0018
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date: 20 August 2019

Abstract: This chapter explores the benefits of inpatient rehabilitation consultation and therapy for patients with chronic pain. An early consultation is associated with improved patient outcomes, satisfaction, and overall cost savings. Physiatrists specialize in nonsurgical treatment of nerve, muscle, and bone disorders with the objective of decreasing pain and restoring function. Physiatric consultation is instrumental for assessment of patients with chronic pain in the acute care setting and coordination of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team. Understanding of specific factors associated with physical impairment, disability, and handicap helps in determining the level of required rehabilitation services, barriers to providing these services, and strategies for reducing these barriers.

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