Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Health, Independence, and Quality of Life
Rhode Island Hospital’s department of physical medicine and rehabilitation aims to optimize the health, independence, and quality of life of patients who are dealing with impairments, handicaps, and disabilities stemming from injuries or disorders affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
Physiatrists are physicians who have completed specialized training in physical medicine and rehabilitation. These doctors additionally may be certified in a variety of subspecialties, such as brain injury medicine, hospice, palliative medicine, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, spinal cord injury medicine, oncology, pediatrics, and sports medicine.
Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in the state with a department of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
A Team Approach to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Our physiatrists are a part of our team, as well as specific multidisciplinary teams throughout Lifespan including:
- Norman Prince Spine Institute
- Inpatient Rehabilitation at the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center
- Lifespan Concussion Care Center
- Lifespan Physician Group Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Newport Physiatry
Our physiatrists collaborate in research with the goal of improving rehabilitation care and advancing rehabilitation science.