Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as physiatry or PM&R, focuses on restoration of function, health, well-being and quality of life for patients. Our PM&R team at The University of Kansas Health System consists of physiatrists with immediate, comprehensive access to collaborating specialties, treatments and resources.
About physical medicine and rehabilitation
Our PM&R team assesses, diagnoses and treats patients with pain in the muscles, joints, tendons, bones and nervous system. Physicians at our health system are accessible across a multitude of subspecialties, including:
- Back, hip, neck and shoulder pain
- Brain injury
- Cancer rehabilitation
- Musculoskeletal, tendon and joint pain
- Office-based procedures like iovera and Tenex
- Prosthetics, orthotics and braces
- Stroke and spasticity
- Wheelchair support
- Women’s health, including pelvic pain and rehabilitation
Physical medicine and rehabilitation services
Rehabilitative services at the health system begin with the assessment of your pain and the subsequent diagnosis. You may choose to visit our PM&R team at any of their convenient locations if you are experiencing new pain following a procedure, accident, new diagnosis or condition, or if you are just developing chronic day-to-day pain.
Our PM&R team can develop a restoration plan to help treat your pain. This plan could include changes to your exercise routines, introducing supportive equipment or changes to your diet and/or medications. Services may also include direct care or referrals for services in tandem with a treatment plan, such as:
- Inpatient consultation, treatment and support, and outpatient continuum of care
- Lifestyle intervention
- Medical management
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychology/cognitive therapies
- Surgical consultations and referrals
Additionally, being part of an academic medical center, our physicians are researchers and leaders in their fields, using clinical trials and innovative techniques to provide the best, most comprehensive care. Patients at the health system receive the latest treatments, interventions and evidence-based care that is not always available elsewhere.
Support after a traumatic brain injury
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Why choose us for physical medicine and rehabilitation
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists at The University of Kansas Health System provide leading-edge care at 1 of the nation’s best hospitals.
As providers with The University of Kansas Physicians, they are part of the largest multispecialty practice in Kansas, and their research is strongly supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), routinely ranking in the top 10 for NIH funding annually. Their education is facilitated through the University of Kansas Department of Rehabilitation Medicine with care administered at The University of Kansas Hospital, which has ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top 50 hospitals for more than a decade.
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