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Rehabilitation Medicine

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is one of the clinical departments within the St. Luke’s Medical Center and the College of Medicine. Its goal is to provide excellent patient care, education, and research in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care that addresses the functional, medical, social, psychological, spiritual, vocational, and economic needs of patients and their families. It caters to patients of all ages, under multiple medical fields. Its clinical programs exist for the rehabilitation of patients with trauma, musculoskeletal and neurological cases , medical and surgical conditions (cardiopulmonary diseases, oncologic and post-intensive care) and Pediatric behavioral and developmental disabilities The cases that are most commonly encountered are stroke, deconditioning syndrome, joint replacements, sports injuries, developmental disorders, and work-related conditions involving pain in the neck, upper back, and lower back.

The Department takes pride in its team of experts composed of Physiatrists (Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist) , Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and affiliated Prosthetists and Orthotists who can guide patients through the arduous road to functional recovery. The Department ensures on providing excellent patient care specially designed to meet each person’s unique rehabilitative needs focusing on improvement of quality of life and patient safety.

Being the youngest Residency training program at St Luke’s Medical Center we are commited in building an exceptional team that will provide our patients with the best care while empowering our students and faculty to conduct outstanding research and to be thought leaders in the field. We envision in creating innovative graduate and post-graduate educational programs, building research capacity and establishing clinical and translational research agendas. We are excited to have the opportunity to train post graduates and undergraduate physicians in such a rich and supportive academic environment like St Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine.

Services provided by the department include the following:

  • In-patient and Out-patient Rehabilitation
  • Electrodiagnostic and  Ultrasound-guided Interventions
  • Physical Therapy: A branch of rehabilitation medicine that involves the preservation, enhancement or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disability, injury, or disease; utilizing therapeutic exercises, physical modalities, and health education.
  • Occupational Therapy: A branch of rehabilitation medicine whose goal is to help achieve independence, purpose, and satisfaction in life through engagement in meaningful social activities despite disabilities, limitations, and impairments.
  • Speech-Language Therapy: A field of expertise that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of not only communication disorders, but also conditions with impairments in cognitive-communication, speech, and swallowing.
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics: A clinical discipline that deal with artificial limbs (prothesis) for amputees and supportive devices (orthosis) for in individuals with musculoskeletal weakness or deformities, and neurological disorders. This includes assessment, prescription, design, fit, monitoring, and education regarding the use of appropriate prosthetic/orthotic devices that serve an individual’s requirement.

Roster of Faculty

Reynaldo Rey-Matias, MD, MSc

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