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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical management of the consequences of disease, injury and congenital disorders. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation also is referred to as “physiatry” (pronounced fizzy-at-ree).

Our goal is to help every individual maximize functional performance and achieve independence and community integration. Our methods involve an interdisciplinary team that works to increase function, decrease pain and disability, and maximize performance at work, in school, during recreation and in all other areas of life.

The University of Michigan Health System was among the first major institutions in the nation to organize and develop an independent Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The department was established in 1950 by James W. Rae, M.D., who saw a need for hospital-based research and education related to people with disabilities. The Department now has more than 50 faculty, including 30 physiatrists. There are an additional 20 faculty members who have Ph.D.s in rehabilitation psychology, engineering and basic sciences. The Department also employs more than 450 allied health professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation engineers, orthotists, prosthetists, nurses, trainees and other support staff.

The Department is nationally and regionally recognized as a leader in advancing the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation and the subspecialties of pediatric rehabilitation, pain management and spinal cord injury medicine. The Department’s physicians, psychologists and engineers have received national and international recognition for excellence in spinal cord injury medicine, neck and back pain, chronic pain, amputation care, brachial plexopathy, traumatic brain injury management, pediatric disabilities, musculoskeletal problems, neurological problems, electrodiagnosis, rehabilitation engineering, orthotics and prosthetics, sports injury and other a myriad of other problems related to disability. Our excellence extends to the way we provide clinical care, train future health care professionals, and conduct research into the greater understanding of and new treatments to aid disabled individuals. Click here to learn more about who we are and what we do.

PM&R care is provided in inpatient settings and multiple outpatient facilities settings within the University of Michigan Health System. Follow this link to our numerous Outpatient care facilities.