What is Rehabilitation Medicine?

Rehabilitation Medicine is a medical specialty that involves the evaluation and treatment of patients whose functional abilities have been impaired by trauma or disease processes. The goal of rehabilitation is to restore a patient’s functional independence throughout their inpatient and outpatient recovery.

The Department of Rehabilitation is fortunate to have an experienced and talented faculty who possess expertise in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, pain management, sports medicine, prosthetics and orthotics, electrodiagnostic medicine, pediatric rehabilitation, and general rehabilitation. The faculty teach and practice in a multidisciplinary approach involving nurses, therapists, technicians and family members. This coordinates goals with the patient and their families to maximize their functional independence.

The patient care facilities utilized by the department include the Reeves Rehabilitation Center at University Hospital with a state-of-the-art outpatient clinic and inpatient facility. The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veteran’s Affairs Hospital has a spinal cord injury unit, spinal cord injury outpatient clinic, polytrauma inpatient unit, and traumatic brain injury outpatient clinic.

The Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio is one of five VA centers nationally, built to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation approach to treating complex polytrauma injuries. The 12- bed unit provides a unique environment to allow service members and veterans the ability to recover after polytrauma injuries.

The spinal cord injury unit at the VA is a 30-bed unit that provides specialized care to the veterans of South Texas. The department also provides various off-site rotations which include private practice inpatient rehabilitation, private practice outpatient sports clinic, UT Health pain clinic, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient clinics.

Our Residency Program


Our residency graduates are provided a comprehensive exposure to rehabilitation medicine throughout their training, allowing them to be some of the best trained physiatrists. Faculty and residents are engaged in innovative research and are continuously adding to the medical literature.

About the Long School of Medicine

The mission of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is to provide responsive and comprehensive education, research and service of the highest quality in order to meet the health-related needs of the citizens of Texas. In all aspects of fulfilling this mission, the Long School of Medicine is committed to demonstrating particular sensitivity to and focus on the South Texas region while fostering the broadest diversity and inclusion that ensures successful achievement of the institutional priorities

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Clinical Facilities

Reeves Rehabilitation Center (University Hospital)
4502 Medical Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229

UT Health Physicians Orthotics & Prosthetics 
701 S. Zarzamora, 2nd Floor – 2120, San Antonio, TX 78207
7703 Floyd Curl Dr, 6th Floor – 638E, San Antonio, TX 78229