Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Coimbatore Medical College & Hospital
Coimbatore – 641018
       The department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was started in the late sixties with 3 physiotherapists. Subsequently the orthotic center was added in the year 1968.
       The department became more organized with a Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist) taking the leadership role for medical rehabilitation of the patients in the eighties.
Staff in the department
     1.    Associate Professor – 1
2.    Senior Resident – 1
            3.    Grade I Physiotherapist – 1
            4.    Grade II Physiotherapist – 3
       5.    Prosthetic Technician – 1
       6.    Prosthetic Craftsman – 4
Academic activities
       Theory classes are regularly conducted for under-graduate medical students and clinical training for orthopaedic post-graduate students. Physiotherapy internees from private physiotherapy colleges get posted to our department for training in various specialties.
       In addition to numerous books on rehabilitation in the main college library, we also have a departmental library consisting of 29 Reference books for the use of staff and students.
Services Provided
·         Rehabilitation services
        Both out-patients and in-patients services are provided by the doctors, physiotherapists and ALSC staff depending upon the need of the patients. In-patients are referred from various departments like orthopaedics, general medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery for physiotherapy and rehabilitation program.
Physiotherapy statistics from 2009 to 2013
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
40,928 38,473 38,139 43825 49321
Orthotic center statistics from 2009 to 2013
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
268 199 175 234 241
·         Electrotherapy
        The department has many useful electrotherapy equipments, like shortwave diathermy, ultrasound therapy, interferential therapy, TENS, electrical muscle stimulation, wax therapy, cervical and pelvic Traction, continuous passive movement machine.

·         Exercise therapy
        The department has a  modern multi-gym equipment for strengthening program. It also has shoulder wheel, parallel bar with mirror, sliding seat, stationary cycle, wrist and forearm exerciser.

·         Orthotics
        Calipers, Splints, Braces are fabricated and provided for patients at the Orthotic center.

·         Other services to the differently abled persons
         The process of certification for the differently abled persons has been streamlined and they get the certificates without any hardship or delay. Train travel concession for eligible persons is also issued. Camps are conducted periodically for the differently abled persons for issuing necessary certificates, identifying patients for surgery and social welfare needs.

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