Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Physiatry?

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry) is the medical specialty that evaluates, diagnoses, treats and manages patients with physical disabilities.

Physiatry employs not only the usual tools of medical practice, but also uses physical agents and therapeutic exercises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that produce pain, impairment and disability. The Mission of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is to restore optimum independence or function to those suffering from residuals of illness.

As the Polytrauma Network Site for VISN 5, DCVAMC provides coordinated services to veterans with one or more severe and lasting injuries. DCVAMC coordinates the care and level of services required to meet needs and to ensure that patients have access to the same high level of care across the network.

Specialized Programs of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Inpatient/Outpatient/Geriatric-Subacute Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Screening and Evaluation
  • Multi-disciplinary Pain Clinic participation
  • Polytrauma Rehabilitation-Inpatient and Outpatient
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Kinesiotherapy
  • Aquatic Therapy Program
  • Amputee Clinic
  • Wheelchair Seating Clinic
  • Drivers Rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture Clinic
  • Electromyography/Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Muscle trigger point injections, joint injections, nerve blocks
  • Botox Clinic
  • Back School
  • Knee Class
  • Joint Replacement Pre-Op Education Class
  • Participation in interdisciplinary ALS Clinic

Patient Inquiries

Patient inquires for all Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics should be directed to 202-745-8311. The PM&R Office is located in the basement level of the hospital, in GC-212. The office is open from 8:00am – 4:30 pm daily.

Contact Info


  • Basement, GC120

Contact Number(s)

  • 202-745-8311

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00am – 4:30 pm