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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PM & R is an integral part of the treatment and recovery plans for patients who are recovering from a stroke or neurological disorder, or learning to live with a chronic disease.

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PM & R


Message from Chair, George Forrest, MD

Patients come to Albany Medical Center because they have confidence that it has the best facilities and the best doctors to care for  patients with trauma, life threatening, or other serious illnesses.  Once the immediate tasks of saving the patient’s life and treating acute problems are accomplished, Albany Medical Center is the best place to be for rehabilitation and functional retraining. A dedicated team of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, therapists and nurses is specially trained to help the patients regain the strength and skills needed to allow them to go home and care for themselves. The inpatient unit of the Albany Medical Center is the only place that patients at the hospital can go to receive comprehensive rehabilitation services and still be seen when needed by the doctors they know and trust.

For patients with orthopedic conditions, the team works in collaboration with surgeons to provide optimum wound care and pain control, and to promote walking, self-care skills, and endurance.

Patients who have had a stroke or other neurologic problems will be seen by specially trained physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists who have access to the most up to date technologies including functional electric stimulation and robotic therapy.

Albany Medical Center participates in a national data bank that tracks the outcomes of patients admitted to rehabilitation units. Year after year Albany Medical Center is a national and regional leader in helping patients to reach a level of function high enough to return to their own homes.

Our physicians and therapists are leaders in the field, recognized in Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in the Capital District. Albany Med is a member of a prestigious consortium focused on solutions to allow spinal cord injured patients to move with the help of electrical impulses, with the goal of allowing them to someday walk again.

I invite you to learn more on this site about our cutting-edge programs and services.

George Forrest, MD
Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Albany Medical Center