Mayo Clinic specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) help restore movement and function to people disabled by disease or injury. PM&R physicians, called physiatrists (pronounced fiz-e-AT-rists), diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves and the musculoskeletal system. They provide treatment and rehabilitation options, which consider the unique needs, abilities and objectives of each patient.

You may come to Mayo Clinic on your own or with a referral from your primary care doctor. At Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, physiatrists work closely with a multidisciplinary team of physical therapists, occupational therapists and other rehabilitation professionals who collaborate to provide exactly the care you need.

  • PM&R physicians may offer musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound or ultrasound-guided injections or both.
  • PM&R physicians have a variety of subspecialties including sports medicine, brain injury, cancer, regenerative medicine, integrative medicine, spinal cord injury, spine, pain management, and work rehabilitation.
  • The PM&R team may offer treatment options that include physical modalities such as manual therapy, custom orthotics, ultrasound, acupuncture and therapeutic exercise to improve function.
  • PM&R staff members also provide many patient education opportunities to help you understand your medical condition and rehabilitative care.

Other services that may be offered based on your specific needs include

  • Assistive technology
  • Back and neck pain therapy and management
  • Bowel and bladder rehabilitation
  • Brain rehabilitation
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Certified geriatric specialist therapy in Arizona
  • Certified hand therapist therapy
  • Certified orthopedic specialist therapy
  • Certified lymphedema specialist therapy
  • Complex postoperative rehabilitation for orthopedic procedures (joint replacement, others.)
  • Consultations for transfers from other hospitals in Arizona
  • Consultations with neurological and neurosurgical specialty clinics
  • Consultations with the Pain Rehabilitation Center
  • Integrative and complementary medicine

More than 70 PM&R physicians and nearly 800 therapists provide inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care at one of Mayo Clinic's campuses. Children are treated at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Treatment is available 365 days a year at Mayo Clinic hospitals at all three campuses, as well as consults for transfers from other hospitals. Primary treatment reasons include:

  • Stroke
  • Neurological disorders (for example, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, nontraumatic myelopathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome)
  • Complex postoperative rehabilitation for orthopedic procedures (joint replacement, and so on)

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

Central Appointment Office

  1. 800-446-2279 (toll-free)
  2. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Mountain time
  4. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida

Central Appointment Office

  1. 904-953-0853
  2. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Eastern time
  4. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota

Central Appointment Office

  1. 507-538-3270
  2. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  3. Central time
  4. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic Children's Center

Central Appointment Office
(Minnesota)

  1. 855-MAYO-KID (855-629-6543, toll-free)
  2. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  3. Central time
  4. Monday through Friday

Mayo Clinic treats the following tests and procedures. Not all services are available at all locations, and pediatric physiatry is available only at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. Please confirm when you call to request an appointment.

Mayo Clinic physiatrists are equipped to treat a range of brain, spine, and musculoskeletal disorders and dysfunctions.

PM&R staff provide evaluations, diagnoses and compassionate care for a wide range of conditions, including:

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

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Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) focuses on improving health care for people with brain and spinal cord injury, muscle and joint rehabilitation, and cardiovascular problems. Researchers also conduct clinical trials utilizing novel and emerging therapeutics for these disorders.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic physicians about physical medicine and rehabilitation on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

For more information, see the PM&R research pages.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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