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UF Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s philosophy is to champion the rights and autonomy of patients by optimizing physical function and living situations to help them get back to the least restrictive setting as quickly as possible.
Physiatrists develop individualized short- and long-term care plans with specific functional goals that are meaningful to the patient and family. Our treatments are designed to help the body heal itself and re-engage in physical activities. Everyone’s goals for achieving functional success are different: return to life and sports after traumatic or sports injury, and living a better quality of life with chronic illness and congenital musculoskeletal and neural diseases.
We strive to help patients of all functional abilities, medical conditions and backgrounds achieve the highest physical performance level possible.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services
Physiatry is an integrative, nonsurgical medical specialty focused on prevention, diagnosis, rehabilitation and therapy for patients who have functional limitations resulting from injury, disease or malformation.
Our physicians are muscle, nerve and bone experts who focus treatment efforts on restoring physical function. A physiatrist leads a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals to treat the whole person, not just the affected area of the body.
Our doctors also have different subspecialties in Sports Medicine, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neuromuscular Medicine, Cancer Rehabilitation, Integrative Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Medicine to address unique needs of their patients.
After an amputation, there are many medical and physical conditions that need management. Our board-certified physiatrists help patients navigate challenges that may arise with prostheses and other assistive devices.
Cancer treatment can take a toll on a patient's body, and sometimes it affects the activities they once could perform with ease. Our cancer rehabilitation specialists help our patients with cancer and our cancer survivors improve their physical function.
As a part of the UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center, our physiatrists treat a wide range of problems that affect the musculoskeletal system, including sciatica pain, muscle and ligament injutes, osteoarthritis, spinal cord injuries and more.
Our physiatrists specialize in the management and rehabilitation of head injuries that occur as a consequence of traumatic injuries, sports injuries or disease.
General physiatry combines physical therapy and pain treatments to help patients avoid surgery. Clinical goals of physiatry include maximizing physical function, decrease or eliminate pain, facilitate independence and improve the quality of life for those suffering with a disability, chronic pain and physical impairments.
UF Health Rehabilitation Hospital at Select brings together a multidisciplinary team of physicians specially trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Shands therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals, all dedicated to helping people improve the quality of their lives while dealing with major traumas, injuries or diseases.
Our integrative medicine clinic brings together practices once thought of as “alternative medicine” with the latest research and medical technology. From learning about healthy living, medical acupuncture and our Long COVID treatment program, our clinic fosters the connection between the mind, body and spirit that is often missing in conventional medicine.
Our pediatric physiatrists use a multidisciplinary approach to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage both congenital and childhood-onset physical impairments and disorders.
The primary goals of rehabilitation of a spinal cord injury, or SCI, are to inform the patients and families with education about SCI, improve function and prepare the patient for return to the community. Safety precautions are also taught to prevent further injury or complications.
Whether you are an active person in the community or elite athlete, younger or older, we use a unique approach to finding the right answers to your sports- and exercise-related injuries or pain. Physiatrists consider exercise, and therapies if appropriate (physical, occupational, speech), vital parts of the treatment plan for any diagnosis.
At UF, our physiatry team cares for stroke patients across our entire system of care, from the acute care hospital, to the inpatient rehabilitation center to our outpatient clinics. Our goal is to provide care for the whole person after stroke, which will allow them to achieve maximum functional recovery and quality of life.
Our running medicine clinic is internationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive running centers in the world. For over a decade, our program has advanced the performance, health and safety of runners with all body styles, ages and experience levels.
The Sports Performance Center offers fitness testing, motion analyses, body composition measures, exercise and nutritional programming and more. We serve elite caliber athletes, young developing athletes early in their sports careers and individuals aspiring to change to an active lifestyle.
Led by Jason Zaremski, MD, the throwing clinic was developed to provide expertise in reducing and preventing throwing-related injuries and maximizing sports performance — from the little leagues to the professionals.
“They find the best treatment options for each of their patients and get you healed and back to where you want to be, which is the ultimate goal.” - LaVonne Rembert
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Paula Ackerman, DOPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Kathryn Alfonso, DOSports Medicine Specialist
Pediatric Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Specialist
Andrew Dubin, MDPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Irene M Estores, MDIntegrative and Wholistic Medicine Specialist
Chelsea D Frost, MDPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
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