Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is often called the "quality of life profession" because its aim is to enhance a patient's function and well-being after injury or illness.

Our specialists focus not on one part of the body. Instead, we take a comprehensive approach to putting all the pieces of a person's life back together after injury or disease. This includes address medical, social, emotional and vocational needs.

Our rehabilitation physicians, called physiatrists, manage a wide range of issues, from severe trauma recovery to injury prevention for athletes. We design treatments plan that can be used by patients with or without the help of our rehabilitation team.

At Vanderbilt, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers seamless, world-class care iin the hospital and in outpatient clinics. Our specially trained experts coordinate care with the entire healthcare team, including other specialists across Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This means that patients who receive initial treatment at Vanderbilt enjoy a smooth, consistent and predictable transition to rehabilitation services in our program, including a high-quality home care service.

As part of a comprehensive academic medical center, we integrate the latest research in fields such as sports medicine, pain medicine, rehabilitation and physical medicine to offer our patients the most advanced care available.

Our team members collaborate with their peers in other areas of the medical center, including orthopaedics, internal medicine, pediatrics and anesthesiology. This offers our patients a personalized and innovative approach to their care that is not available outside a specialized research center like Vanderbilt.

Physician and Rehabilitation Services

We offer personalized care for a wide range of conditions. A physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor) has special training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Physiatrists diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses of the nerves, muscles, bones and brain that affect movement.

Many of our services are provided in the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Our patients also may use the Vanderbilt Dayani Center, the first medical fitness facility in Tennessee to achieve accreditation from the Medical Fitness Association. Also included under the umbrella of our department is the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which uses complementary approaches such as yoga, accupuncture and mind-body counseling that work with more traditional methods to optimize your health.

Among the services we offer:

Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabitation

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Brain Injury
  • Other neurological conditions (such as tumors, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis)
  • Orthopaedic problems (such as complex fractures and orthopaedic procedures)
  • Medical and surgical conditions (such as cardiopulmonary disease, cancer, post-ICU care and organ transplantation)

Our specialty programs in spinal cord injury, stroke and trauma are accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

  • Follow-up visits for patients discharged from Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital (with various impairments and disabilities requiring long-term rehabilitation)
  • Work-related injuries
  • Pain rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation

Consultation Services

Scientific research has shown that early rehabilitation enhances functional outcomes. Our new service offers PM&R consultations to patients at the Vanderbilt University Hospital. Our PM&R faculty rounds with clinicians in various acute care units such as the trauma center and the neuro ICU. Comprehensive evaluations of patients are conducted and decisions are made regarding the post-acute placement as well as recommendations for early rehabilitation interventions.

Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services

Our pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation services include:

  • Inpatient pediatric rehabilitation at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Outpatient pediatric rehabilitation at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital
  • Outpatient pediatric rehabilitation on the first floor of the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital

Medical Fitness Center

At Vanderbilt Dayani Center, patients will find a friendly, supportive environment to help patients be as healthy as possible. Specialties include:

  • Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation
  • Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Outpatient cancer rehabilitation

Integrative Medicine

At the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, our therapies work with your traditional medical care so you can live more fully, cope better with medical conditions and be more engaged in your own health. Our services and classes can help you with health issues including:

  • Chronic illness
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive health
  • Heart disease
  • Lifestyle and wellness habits
  • Stress management