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What is the difference between physical therapy and physical medicine ?

hi .. i would like to be a doctor and i choose physical therapy but i hear about physical medicin so what s the difference........ and what s your advice to me????
Asked On : Wed, 10 Aug 2011
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist 's  Response
thanks for the query,

it is an interesting question.
physical therapy is a field of medical science which assesses, examines, diagnoses and treats a patient with physical modalities like heat therapy, cold therapy, electrotherapy, exercise therapy, hydrotherapy, manual therapy or mobilizations and various forms of specialized exercises based on scientific and proven concepts.

physical medicine - is sometimes and in some parts of the world is used as a synonym to physical therapy. But majorly it is used in context with the rehabilitation of the patients. rehabilitation means bringing back a patient into his/her normal life in which he/she was prior to illness. and most commonly it is required in conditions like head injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries, in all of these the patients faces physical as well as systemic problems to perform his/her daily activities so physical medicine more appropriate called as physical medicine and rehabilitation will help the patient.
and In this not only a physical therapist but an occupational therapist, speech therapist, orthotist, prosthetist etc will play an important role.

i hope this helps
feel free to ask further queries
Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Rajinder Bajoria's  Response
Thanks for your query.     
One deals with physiotherapy another with sports medicines. good luck to you.
‘Hope I have answered your query, I will be available to answer your follow up queries, “Wish you Good Health and trouble free speedy recovery”

Answered: Wed, 10 Aug 2011
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