Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.
Common job titles of Rehabilitation Physicians include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
54.89% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
43.05% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.
Develop comprehensive plans for immediate and long-term rehabilitation including therapeutic exercise; speech and occupational therapy; counseling; cognitive retraining; patient, family or caregiver education; or community reintegration.
Consult or coordinate with other rehabilitative professionals including physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, speech pathologists, neuropsychologists, behavioral psychologists, social workers, or medical technicians.
Prescribe physical therapy to relax the muscles and improve strength.
Provide inpatient or outpatient medical management of neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal trauma, acute and chronic pain, deformity or amputation, cardiac or pulmonary disease, or other disabling conditions.
Examine patients to assess mobility, strength, communication, or cognition.
Document examination results, treatment plans, and patients' outcomes.
Assess characteristics of patients' pain such as intensity, location, or duration using standardized clinical measures.
Coordinate physical medicine and rehabilitation services with other medical activities.
Diagnose or treat performance-related conditions such as sports injuries or repetitive motion injuries.
Prescribe therapy services, such as electrotherapy, ultrasonography, heat or cold therapy, hydrotherapy, debridement, short-wave or microwave diathermy, and infrared or ultraviolet radiation, to enhance rehabilitation.
Monitor effectiveness of pain management interventions such as medication or spinal injections.
Instruct interns and residents in the diagnosis and treatment of temporary or permanent physically disabling conditions.
Perform electrodiagnosis including electromyography, nerve conduction studies, or somatosensory evoked potentials of neuromuscular disorders or damage.
Prescribe orthotic and prosthetic applications and adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs, bracing, or communication devices, to maximize patient function and self-sufficiency.
Conduct physical tests such as functional capacity evaluations to determine injured workers' capabilities to perform the physical demands of their jobs.
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Therapeutic ultrasound equipment
Therapeutic diathermy machines
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation NMES equipment
Musculoskeletal ultrasound equipment
Multipurpose electrotherapy units
Heat therapy equipment
Folding pedal exercisers
Epidural injection syringes
Cold therapy equipment
Automated external defibrillators AED
Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
Biodex Medical Systems Biodex Concussion Manager
Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
CareCloud CentralAll Technologies
Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
eClinicalWorks Practice Management
Epic Practice Management
GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
Kareo Practice Management
McKesson Practice Plus
Modernizing Medicine Practice Management
NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
Nuesoft Technologies NueMD
OmniMD PT./OT EHR
Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Teaching others how to do something.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility