The first physician certified in PM&R by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation was in 1947. In 1989, Dr. Eric Bicknell was awarded certification as only the 2996th person certified by this board. Now 25 years later, there are approximately 11,000 physicians who have become certified Physiatrist.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also called Physiatry, is the branch of medicine emphasizing the diagnosis and rehabilitative treatment of nerve and muscle disorders and other physically-disabling illnesses and injuries. Dr. Eric Bicknell is a Physiatrist.
Relief begins with an accurate diagnosis. This important first step will determine what type of treatment is appropriate. A Physiatrist’s tools are the same as those used by other physicians (medical histories, physical examinations, and imaging studies), with the addition of a special technique called Electromyography (EMG). Electromyography is the best available technique for evaluating nerves and muscles. With advancements in technology, this procedure has become the gold standard and is universally recognized by the medical profession. Dr. Bicknell has devoted his inpatient practice to rehabilitation and his outpatient practice to Electromyography for over 25 years. This narrow focus allows us to stay abreast of the latest techniques and procedures.
The field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) began in the 1930’s to address musculoskeletal and neurological problems. After World War II, thousands of veterans came back to the United States with serious disabilities. The task of diagnosing and rehabilitating people with all types of disabilities became the direction for the field. The American Board of Medical Specialties granted PM&R approval as a specialty of medicine in 1947.
To become a rehabilitation physician (Physiatrist), an individual must complete a four-year college program followed by four years of medical school (M.D.) and four additional years of specialty training. Specialty training includes one year of developing fundamental clinical skills and three additional years of training in the full scope of the specialty.
To become board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, physicians are required to take both a written and oral examination administered by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR).
Dr. J. Eric Bicknell holds two board certifications. In addition to the certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1989), he is board certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (1992).
Dr. Bicknell founded his practice in 1988, and became an AANEM accredited lab with exemplary status in December 2012.