i can agree with this post, I have very little exposure to what PM&R docs do but after doing a little "wiki" research I feel that PTs have ability to deal w/ many of the situations that these docs deal w/ except for the medication aspect.Wow, this is the first I've heard of it. Just wiki'd it. You'd be in school for a looong time but make a lot of money. I think a lot of the PMR work is similar to PT, except there seems to be medication and more electrodiagnostics involved. Hm, very interesting. Not sure how much more knowledge they have over us about things.
There are tons of thinks that PMR docs do that we are simply not trained to do. For example, managing the medical needs of a paraplegic with spasticity, the diabetes of a head injured patient, the entire set of needs for a complex rehab patient including their PT, OT, Speech, and medical needs both premorbid and resulting from the injury/illness etc . . .
PMR docs go to MEDICAL school, read way more chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology,physiology etc . . . than there is in PT school. PTs might be able to manage a very small part of what physiatrists do but certainly could NOT replace what they do.