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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

When you suffer a disabling injury or illness, recovery can be physically and emotionally challenging. Having the medical expertise and support of physicians trained in all areas of rehabilitation can help you reach your rehabilitative goals.

Physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists) at Rush focus on treating the whole person, not just the medical condition. We believe successful rehabilitation begins with listening to our patients and understanding their goals, fears and challenges. Our specialists will partner with you and your family to help restore your quality of life as quickly and as safely as possible.

We are the only inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation program in the Chicago area that is exclusively part of an academic medical center. So our rehabilitation patients have access to all of the outstanding specialty care at Rush without having to go to a different location.

Valet parking is available for our patients and families.

Comprehensive, customized services

Our team thoroughly evaluates each patient for all rehabilitative needs before designing a personalized treatment plan. Rush offers a full range of comprehensive treatments and services to help you to reach your personal rehabilitation goals, including the following:

  • Acupuncture and manipulation
  • Baclofen pump maintenance to help manage spasticity in patients with spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions 
  • Balance and equilibrium assessment and treatment using computerized posturography equipment
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Chronic pain treatment
  • Concussion evaluation, treatment and follow-up
  • Driving rehabilitation, which offers driving assessments, helps you continue driving safely and, if needed, helps you get back on the road after a disabling injury or illness
  • Electrodiagnostic services (EMGs and nerve conduction studies)
  • Independent medical evaluations
  • Injections, including botulinum toxin injections for spacticity, joint and peripheral injections, and spinal injections
  • Motor point blocks
  • Movement disorders clinics
  • Nerve blocks
  • Nonsurgical musculoskeletal care and postsurgical care for orthopedic injuries
  • Nonsurgical spine and back care and postsurgical care for spine and back injuries
  • Pediatric rehabilitation, including addressing complications in newborns in Rush's pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit
  • A prosthetics and orthotics clinic, offered three times each month, where specialists prescribe prosthetics and orthotics for people whose limbs have been amputated or damaged; the clinic team includes a physiatrist, physical therapist and licensed prosthetist
  • A spasticity clinic, run by experts who have more than 25 years of experience treating spacicity
  • Stroke management; Rush treats more hemorrhagic stroke patients than any other hospital in the Chicago area
  • wheelchair clinic that evaluates people for motorized or standard lightweight wheelchairs, motorized scooters and cushions

You can access rehabilitation services at Rush in the following ways:

Vital support for veterans and their families

Our physiatrists are actively involved in the Road Home Program at the Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush. 

Rush is one of only four academic medical centers in the U.S., and the only center in the Midwest, to be part of the Wounded Warrior Project's national medical network to connect wounded veterans and their families with world-class, individualized health care.

As a network center, Rush treats all aspects of soldiers' illnesses and injuries. This includes mental health care for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, and military sexual trauma.