Traumatic Brain Injury, What PM&R Does | Life as a Doctor

This video is all about the role of the physiatrist when it comes to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this video I break down a case and discuss the different aspects of our role as the PM&R physician on the team.

This will hopefully help give a better sense of what we do as physiatrists for TBI patients in the hospital. This is by no means a complete discussion, but we help manage pain, bowel/bladder, seizure prevention, agitation, mood, sleep, spasticity, electrolyte disturbances unique to TBI, and more!

As always thanks for watching and i hope this glimpse into life as a doctor is helpful!



Kevin Durant returned in game 5 of the NBA finals and many people were concerned about his health and risk of worse injury. The fears around the NBA came true as Durant sustained a repeat injury against the Toronto Raptors in game 5.

Here are my initial reactions and thoughts on this devastating injury.


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30 thoughts on “Traumatic Brain Injury, What PM&R Does | Life as a Doctor”

  1. excellent video but what is the different between you as pm&r doctor and ICU doctor ?!!! all medical management you done can done by icu doctor

  2. I love your videos! I’m a post-bacc, pre-med student who became interested in medicine after my job as a strength and conditioning coach after my undergraduate education. The reason I wasn’t fulfilled with that job is I really wanted to help people move better and have a bigger role in their overall health and functioning. For this reason PM&R really interests me as I love movement, biomechanics (my bachelors is in dance 🙂 and the neuromusculoskeletal system.

    I shadowed an orthopedic provider recently and passed out while watching a difficult knee injection… now I’m worried as to whether I can ever make it in PM&R, let alone med school! Do you have any experience with vasovagal response in your medical training or any tips?

  3. Thanks for the video! I am a PA-C about to begin my job in inpatient PM&R. I'm doing research into the field as my schooling did not provide much info on this specialty. In addition to writing meds for patients and performing H&Ps, what other orders do you place?

  4. After all your videos, I definitely know this is the field I want to go into. Thank you for finally helping me off my fence! 🙂 Could you possibly post tips for final year medical students on getting into PM&R? (Scores, Research, Textbooks, etc.)

  5. Thank you for posting these videos – really helpful to understand what physiatrists do in residency and in-patient practice; I'm OMS-III and still deciding in what to specialize, and PM&R is high up on the list.

  6. Thanks for the super insightful video!
    I really like how you are doing a lot of PM&R specific videos. There aren't many channels that go in-depth into PM&R as a specialty so we aspiring Physiatrists really appreciate it.
    Keep up the great videos Dr. Sutterer!

  7. Besides having awareness of limiting stimulus to the brain. Are there things that you do to relax/train the brain?

  8. After recording this I saw the clip where it looks like something snapped in the leg, and then we saw him in a boot and crutches leaving the arena. These certainly raise concern for rupture (in video based on some other info i originally said maybe not full rupture) but we'll see with more info tomorrow.

  9. I’ve torn mine and it is no fun. I had to do four months of physical therapy before I could really walk on it. All and all it took about a year to get back to as close to 100% but 5 years later and I’m sitting at about 90%

  10. Make a video on shooters/pitchers shoulder. Also revisit Paul George's shoulder injury in there.

  11. Can’t do it doc. I tried to watch the video, but cringed and almost tossed my cookies. Great series though! 🤢

  12. It’s sad I won’t be able to watch his highlights most of this year. He’s honestly one of the most entertaining players in the league just cause of how good he is. Hopefully he comes back 100%

  13. Hello guys I need some advice:
    I had an LCL injury 3month ago. My doctor says that its alright now, but I cant fully bend my knee, because it really hurts (there is like 2cm difference between my legs when I bend them, my other heel can touch my butt, but this cant).
    Do u guys have any experience or advice ?

  14. Can you explain why an achilles tear affects athleticsism so much after recovery and how does surgery affect the injury

  15. Since before game 1, I said he would tear his Achilles if he came back to play the series. I knew this would happen and the Warriors should take part of the blame for undermining the CaLf StRaIn that had him sidelined for over a month. I think it’s bs about how the doctors and team was shellshocked that this happened. They knew the risk and KD knew too.

  16. so if you have a bad calf and if you over work it their is a chance to have achilles rupture or tear hmmm ok got it

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