The Physical Medicine Institute
The Physical Medicine Institute (PMI) was developed to promote basic and clinical research, education, clinical practice and community outreach programs in the prevention, diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal disease of human beings of all ages.
To accomplish this, the PMI has identified seven focus areas:
- High-quality, basic-science research projects to investigate how manipulative medicine/osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) treats neuromusculoskeletal disease
- High-quality, clinical-outcome research projects to determine the effectiveness of OMT in the prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disease
- Development of a broad collection of literature about OMT in the prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disease
- Education of students, physicians, researchers, community leaders and the community about state-of-the-art clinical treatment and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal disorders
- State-of-the-art clinical services provided to people affected by neuromusculoskeletal disorders with consideration to cost-effectiveness and clinical effectiveness
- Development of an international, interdisciplinary classification of OMT techniques to standardize interdisciplinary discussion and interpretation of research publications
- Development of funding support, facilities and administration independent of the Health Science Center's Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
The Health Science Center offers a premiere physical medicine graduate program. Students receive training through original research, formal classroom education, problem-based learning, seminars and journal clubs.
The program includes faculty members from several departments, who engage in various aspects of physical medicine research, including:
- low back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- temporomandibular joint disorders
- osteopathic manipulation and lymph flow
- spinal mobilization and manipulation
- determination of effectiveness of treatments
- objective characterization of low back pain and disability
- mechanical properties of tendons and ligaments
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