2.6 - Rehabilitation Professionals

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Doctors in a circle

There are a variety of professionals involved in the rehabilitation process. You may already be familiar with the following rehab professionals if your injury or illness required medical attention and/or formal rehabilitation.

However, some of you may not have sought medical attention and/or were released without specific rehabilitation recommendations. We hope the following overview of rehab professionals is beneficial.

Profession Description
Case Manager
The case manager coordinates various aspects of rehabilitation and provides useful resources.
A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system.
Neuropsychologists specialize in cognitive testing for those with brain-related disorders to help identify strengths and weaknesses.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
OTs work with patients to address functional challenges and activities of daily living.
A physiatrist is a medical doctor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). Physiatrists are often referred to as the quarterback of the PM&R team which includes OTs, PTs, etc.
Physical Therapist (PT) PTs help injured patients improve their movement and manage their pain.
Recreation Therapist (RT) RTs help patients with stress and anxiety; recover basic physical and mental abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively.
Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) SLPs assess, diagnose, treat, and help patients with communication problems such as aphasia, word finding, as well as swallowing disorders.
Vision Therapist (VT) VTs address a variety of vision problems associated with neurological issues.

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