Physiatry, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is one of the most recent medical sub-specialties. It focuses on the prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and recovery of people with an impediment in their day-to-day life because of a disease, disorder, or injury. This can involve the muscles, or even the brain, since this expertise focal point is the patient’s function, independence, and quality of life. Unlike most medical areas, physiatry targets the body general well-being as a all, working with a team of doctors from different specialties, physical therapy, and even psychology to ensure the adequate treatment that contemplates the subject’s emotions, necessities, and ambitions.
I’m Francisco Simas, and I’ve been a doctor since 2008 when I finished my degree at the University of Lisbon. Specialized in Physical Medicine and rehabilitation in 2013. I’m an official Medic in the Portuguese Navy, with duties in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation unit of the Medicine Naval center – Lisboa Naval Base as a physiatrist and Unit Chief.