Welcome To Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MSU
The mission of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is to provide excellent clinical care, education, and research in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, leading to optimum quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation focuses on restoration of the body and mind after trauma or disease has occurred. In some cases the restoration is ongoing and the goal is to teach the patient how to live and cope with the effects of pain, or lack of function, and lead a full and productive life to the greatest extent possible.
Clinically, restoration and rehabilitation can be accomplished in different ways. Our philosophy is to assess a patient's bio/psycho/social needs and determine which diagnostic and treatment methods will provide the patient with the highest level of functional outcome. The approach is often inter-disciplinary.
Academically, we teach medical students basic treatment and assessment techniques and methods used in rehabilitation, along with advanced knowledge of anatomy. We train residents in the practice of physiatry and the diagnostic art of electromyography (EMG). We also offer a fellowship program to physicians desiring a refined knowledge of EMG and pain management.
Explore this website and meet our department members; learn about our residency training program and other academic endeavors; investigate out the research projects completed and underway, and observe our COM clinical practices.
This is Mary Free Bed at Sparrow
Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have joined together to create Mary Free Bed at Sparrow, a joint venture providing advanced inpatient rehabilitation care for mid-Michigan patients. The rehabilitation unit at Sparrow includes 40 private patient rooms and two therapy gymnasiums. Enjoy this Grand Opening video, and hear directly from the first patients to benefit from our collaboration.
One of the most common problem victims of strokes face is hemiparesis, a weakness on one side of the body, which can often lead to stroke survivors having poorer control of one arm.
It is this loss of function, and how the brain may compensate for it, that Rajiv Ranganathan is researching in connection with Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.
Ranganathan, an assistant professor of Kinesiology, has been working with Sparrow and fellow researchers from MSU on a $50,000 study funded by the Center for Innovation and Research.
“The importance of this study is reflected in terms of the underlying problem,” Ranganathan said. “Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S., and we still don’t have good, effective ways to quantify or treat movement deficits in stroke survivors. By using recent advances in technology, we are hoping that this study can at least provide a stepping stone toward that goal.”
His research examines the feasibility of virtual reality systems to test how arm function is affected by strokes and measure motor function for the affected and non-affected sides of the body. The systems measure movements with high precision, which are then translated into a game-like interface.