Physical medicine is the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal pain. In this area of medicine, doctors treat patients with sports injuries, work injuries, trauma of all types, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Rehabilitation involves helping those with major physical impairments, such as stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury, often in an inpatient setting. Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors also perform electrodiagnosis (electromyography-EMG) to diagnose diseases of the nerves and muscles such as carpal tunnel syndrome and pinched nerves. The IU School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has a strong history of achievement in the areas of medical research, physician education and patient care.
By fostering a collaborative research agenda with other IU School of Medicine academic departments and IU clinical science schools, investigator educators in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation continue to advance knowledge and patient treatment options.
Residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation begins with a transitional year dedicated to fundamental clinical skills and then moves to focused rotations. Residents are required to spend a minimum of one year caring for hospitalized patients to provide inpatient services, including general rehabilitation, stroke and traumatic brain injury treatment.