Dr. Polly Cator MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians — Cortland, NYContact Dr. Cator
Dr. Polly Cator specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation in Cortland, New York. Details of Dr. Cator's 24 years experience as an MD, her hospital affiliation and education at University of Rochester are available on your free doctor report.
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149 S Main St
Cortland, NY 13045
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Board Certification, Specialty and Expertise
Dr. Polly Cator identified specializing in
Physical Medicine and RehabilitationPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also referred to as rehabilitation medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating and treating patients with physical disabilities. These disabilities may arise from conditions affecting the musculoskelatal system such as neck and back pain, sports injuries, or other painful conditions affecting the limbs, for example, carpal tunnel syndrome. Alternatively, the disabilities may result from neurological trauma or disease such as spinal cord injury, head injury or stroke. A physician certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation is often call a physiatrist. The primary goal of the physiatrist is to achieve maximal restoration of physical, psychological, social and vocational function through comprehensive rehabilitation. Pain management is often an important part of the role of the physiatrist. For diagnosis and evaluation, a physiatrist may include the techniques of electromyography to supplement the standard history, physical, X-ray, and laboratory examinations. The physiatrist has expertise in the appropriate use of therapeutic exercise, prosthetics (artificial limbs), orthotics, and mechanical and electrical devices.. She is certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
A hospital affiliation covers any doctor who has an affiliation, association or admitting privilege with a hospital. A doctor's particular affiliation to a specific hospital can translate to the overall quality of that provider.
Dr. Cator is affiliated with 1 hospital:
Cortland Regional Medical Center
134 Homer Ave
EducationDr. Cator attended medical school at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and graduated in 1989 having 24 years experience. Additional Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training was conducted at New England Medical Center Hospitals.
While there is no proven correlation between the quality of one's educational institution and the quality of one's professional competence, it is often an indicator. Medical schools have various levels of selectivity (some are harder to get into than others), and both the quality of their clinical training and level of research are measured. Additional medical training in both residency and fellowships and the facilities they are conducted at also provide a history of the doctors' level of training and experience.
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