When Dr. Joseph Alleva started out in medical school, he wanted to specialize in sports medicine. But he soon grew more interested in non-surgical approaches to musculoskeletal issues.
“It’s more than a medical practice,” he says. Practicing physiatry means developing longer-term patient relationships than doctors in other specialties get to experience.
It also means looking beyond the disease to see the bigger picture and make a difference. “We focus more on the whole patient…their functional abilities, their abilities to get back to doing the things that they love in life.”
On Friday, October 13th, the specialty will unite to celebrate Physiatry Day. We are dedicating 24 hours to celebrate all aspects of the specialty. In your practice and in person at the AAPM&R 2017 Annual Assembly, we want all physiatrists to participate.
Check back this fall for more details about getting involved.