Definition of physical medicine in US English:

physical medicine


  • 1The branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease by physical means such as manipulation, heat, electricity, or radiation, rather than by medication or surgery.

    • ‘They also teach two years of naturopathic therapeutics, such as nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, counseling, and physical medicine.’
    • ‘Nuad Bo'Rarn, the traditional physical medicine of Thailand, is practiced very slowly, with an emphasis on both the practitioner and client being in a heightened or meditative state of consciousness.’
  • 2The branch of medicine that treats biomechanical disorders and injuries.

    • ‘This includes staff members in mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, physical medicine, and clinics.’
    • ‘Specialists from physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, and orthopedic surgery may provide consultative care.’
    • ‘When I first started working at the Veteran's Hospital in 1971, the Veteran's Hospital had a pretty good physical medicine department, as did many other major hospitals.’
    • ‘After further medical training in physical medicine and rehabilitation he was appointed consultant at the Brook Green Hospital, London.’
    • ‘Patients should have access to specialists in pulmonology, neurology, cardiology, nutrition, physical medicine, orthopedic surgery, mental health, sleep medicine and social work.’