Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine is a medical specialty that deals with the evaluation and treatment of patients whose functional abilities have been impaired. The Department of Rehabilitation is very fortunate to have an experienced and talented faculty who possess expertise in the following areas: spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, pain management, prosthetics and orthotics, electrodiagnostic medicine, pediatric rehabilitation, general physical medicine, and rehabilitation.
Disabilities and impairments may result from injuries or diseases, and the goal of rehabilitation is to restore an ill or injured patient to self-sufficiency or to gainful employment at his or her highest attainable skill level in the shortest possible time. With an estimated 43 million Americans afflicted with some form of disability, the faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine are committed to achieving medical and technological advances which give individuals with severely disabling conditions the potential to lead healthy and productive lives.
The faculty teach and practice the team approach in patient care, involving nurses, therapists, technicians and family members in the comprehensive rehabilitation of patients. This method ensures a coordinated and dedicated effort to restore patients to as close to their normal function as possible. A major faculty goal is to seek excellence in teaching, patient care and research.
The patient care facilities utilized by the Department include the Reeves Rehabilitation Center at University Hospital with a state-of-the-art clinic and inpatient unit that is equal to the best facilities in the state. The hospital also maintains the University Health Center Downtown, which is a busy clinic dedicated to caring for indigent patients. The Audie Murphy VA Medical Center maintains a large clinic and has a large inpatient unit. Additionally, the VA has a 25-bed, modern Spinal Cord Injury Unit that provides care to veterans from South Texas. The Department also has contractual relationships with two private hospitals, Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital and Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, that provide training opportunities for the Department and expert patient care to the hospitals.