Physical medicine and rehabilitation services are world-class and convenient

Doctors who comprise The University of Kansas Health System’s physical medicine and rehabilitation program (PM&R) will figure out what the problem is and get you the help you need quickly and efficiently. Recruited from the top universities and healthcare facilities in the nation, the PM&R staff is specially trained in pain management, and they provide comprehensive care, managing the entire spectrum of pain. There is no waiting period to see a trained staff member either. With convenient locations and plenty of rooms, you can start building a relationship with doctors who will help you overcome the pain associated with various conditions.

Conditions and Treatments

Where does it hurt

A key to the proper diagnosis will be assessing a patient’s current condition. A visit to the Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center will include a thorough evaluation by our specialists. A complete physical exam and a review of your medical history are also important.

Spinal trauma can result from birth defects, an illness or infection or an accident. Some of the most common conditions include:

  • Back pain
  • Disc problems
  • Hip pain
  • Joint pain
  • Knee pain
  • Musculoskeletal (or bone) injury
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal infections
  • Spinal tumors

Tools to determine the problem

The spine care team will learn more about your specific injury through a battery of tests that, in most cases, will be available immediately and in the same place in which you are being seen. Diagnostic tests include:

  • Muscle response (EMG)
  • Nerve condition studies
  • X-ray
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • CT scan
  • CT myelogram
  • Bone and tissue scans
  • Spinal stenosis pain relief

    Charles Waldron has spinal stenosis but thanks to an innovative, outpatient procedure, he is off pain medication. Learn more. 

    A decades-long search for relief from severe back pain led Charles Waldron to The University of Kansas Health System. Today, he describes the transformation as "nothing short of phenomenal." 

    Learn more about the treatment that helped Charles get back to a more active and enjoyable quality of life.

  • PET scan

What can be done

The good news is treatment can begin at once for a patient who is in pain. Whether you need short-term relief or long-term care, the specialists at the spine center will determine the right course of action. Some of the treatment options are:

If you require specialized care, the hospital has several clinics that address a patient’s specific challenges. Specialty clinics include:

  • Amputee clinic
    If you have lost a limb, we can help you evaluate and manage how you function. We will also help you with your prosthesis.
  • Occupational therapy
  • Spasticity clinic
    This clinic can help you with spasms that can result from stroke, spinal problems and injuries. 
  • Speech therapy  
  • Wheelchair seating clinic
    Specialists can help evaluate your need for a wheelchair and prescribe the best option.

Clinical trials

You may have access to investigational treatments and help others with spine problems by being part of a clinical trial. Clinical trials may test a drug, therapy or diagnostic tool. Before the trials, the drugs or treatments have been tested extensively. Your doctor will let you know if you meet the criteria for clinical trials. If you are eligible, you can decide if you would like to participate.