A Physiatrist aims not only to solve a patient's certain health problem.
His main concern is to make him as functional and satisfied with himself as possible.
All problems do not have the same importance for everyone.
Therefore,basic concern of a physiatrist in his first meeting with the patient is to understand what bothers him the most concerning his condition and during his therapy try to solve it ,or ameliorate it the best possible way and help him overcome it.
Compensation is a misunderstood word,like compromise.
We humman beings have the gift and curse to crave for and deserve the best while bearing the natural deterioration of age and handicaps and disablements by illness and accidents.
We were born with the potential to progress our lifes with our minds and heal the world with our hearts and the obstacles of our instictive greed and selfishness.
A person's life and relationships are a micrography of contemporary society .
That means that when something really bad happens to us we are grieving for what we've lost instead of rejoicing for what we have left and try to find ways to fulfill our minds,hearts and souls,fulfill ourselves with that.
Do not misunderstand me.I know that thankfully medicine and medical technology are rapidly moving forwards.
The first concern of a medical doctor must always be cure and restoration.
Yet,in cases where drugs and operations are not enough as long as life goes on,it must have quality,the best possible one.
Compromise is not about losing what we want ,but gaining what we like and we can have.
Compensation in medicine is the natural way our body and mind use alternative ways to copmlete a natural function that has been blocked.
In Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation it is also new ways to do something,techniques and aids we can use to complete a natural function that is blocked .
In psychiatry it is more complex and psychiatrists are the specialists to explain it.
In rehabilitation compensation does not mean you are a disabled person.It means you are person more able than others since you can do functions that a bad moment or a temporary bad luck tried to make you unable to do,and/or because having the ability to do one instead of ten things you have gainned respect and greatfulness for what you can do,therefore you have attained the true meaning of life.
If we all thought like that there would be no wars,no pollution,no famine,no misery on earth.
That's why I adore my specialty Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.