Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Research and innovation from physical medicine and rehabilitation experts at Vanderbilt Health

Latest in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Fluoroscopic images showing bladder trabeculation (left) and vesicoureteral reflux (right) in patients with spina bifida.

Botox or AC for Children with Spina Bifida?

Botox use is on the rise, but study on decision factors reinforce important personal aspects of bladder management decisions.
Close-up portrait of beautiful smiling disabled child in the arms of mother.

Comprehensive, Early Intervention for Cerebral Palsy

Clinicians from multiple specialties coalesce to identify and provide interventions for a heterogeneous population of affected children.
Physician interacting with patient

Stroke and Aneurysm Treatment Scrutinized in Multiple Trials

Device improvements, drugs and registries for cerebrovascular disease are examined for their life-saving potential.

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From left, Paula Donahue, PT, DPT, MBA, Aaron Aday, MD, MSc, and Rachelle Crescenzi, PhD, are part of a multidisciplinary effort at VUMC to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lipedema.

Better Strategies for Diagnosing Lipedema

Vanderbilt researchers are leading the charge to ensure lipedema is no longer conflated with obesity.
Home health worker greets person at door

Mobile Stroke Teams Driven to Improve Incident Aftercare

After an encouraging pilot, a new Vanderbilt University Medical Center study is underway to measure the impact of stroke aftercare that extends beyond discharge.
Older man looking confused in hospital

Therapy can Reduce Delirium in the ED

Intense PT and OT intervention improves overall functioning in older patients.
Girl having wrist examined with ultrasound

MSK Ultrasound Aids Early Arthritis Detection

The advent of musculoskeletal ultrasonography opens the door to earlier detection of arthritis and other rheumatological diseases.
Woman with doctor showing shoulder pain

PT Best Approach for Atraumatic Rotator-Cuff Tears

The occurrence of a torn rotator cuff and onset of shoulder pain don’t always coincide, underscoring a need for caution before embarking on surgery.
Child in wheelchair

Self-Catheterization Guidance Prepares Families for Important Milestone

Occupational therapists play a critical role in improved toileting independence in pediatric patients with neurogenic bladder.