Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

Appointment New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

ranked among the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitative care by U.S. News & World Report

Nationally Ranked in Rehabilitation

UT Southwestern Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 15 hospitals for rehabilitative care (#15).

Leaders in Rehabilitation

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team is committed to helping patients achieve the highest possible level of physical, functional, and cognitive independence after an injury or illness.

We are a major referral center for patients requiring rehabilitative care. All of our physicians are board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, many with advanced certifications in specialty areas.

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Our team offers individualized, patient-centered rehabilitative care based on our patients' needs.

We provide comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, acute inpatient consultation and care, and outpatient services to patients affected by conditions that limit mobility and function.

We are one of the premier physician and therapist training centers in the country and the only program in North Texas conducting both translational and clinical research in the areas of brain injury/concussion, burn rehabilitation, stroke, ambulation and falls, epilepsy, and spinal cord injury.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Programs

We offer integrated, comprehensive programs staffed by our team of physicians; nurse practitioners; rehabilitation nurses; rehabilitation psychologists; physical, occupational, speech, and recreation therapists; and rehabilitation counselors. Many staff members hold specialty certifications that demonstrate advanced training and practice in areas of brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurorehabilitation, pain management, sports medicine, and musculoskeletal/orthopaedics and spine care.

Our programs include:

Conditions We Treat

UT Southwestern provides comprehensive rehabilitation for conditions such as:


To assist and encourage our patients and family members, we offer support groups for spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, and limb loss. These groups offer valuable interaction between staff, patients, and family members during all phases of recovery.

Recovering from COVID-19: How to Rehab at Home

COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that can exact a significant toll on the body. Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists at UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute have designed a rehab program specifically for patients recovering from COVID-19. All the exercises can be done from home with no equipment and are focused on rebuilding your lung and muscle function.

  • Begin with the breathing exercises because research has shown COVID-19 patients might lose some lung function.
  • Flexibility and mobility exercises will help strengthen muscle groups that might have weakened during a hospital stay.
  • Overall conditioning exercises are also recommended to recover balance and good posture.

COVID-19: Flexibility & Mobility Exercises

Physical therapist Traci Bacon, a member of the Outpatient Rehab team at UT Southwestern, demonstrates nine stretching exercises that patients can do at home to enhance their flexibility and mobility after recovering from COVID-19.

Breathing Easier After COVID-19

Physical therapist Traci Bacon demonstrates three easy but effective breathing exercises patients can do at home to improve their lung capacity after recovering from the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19: Conditioning Exercises

Traci Bacon, a physical therapist with the Outpatient Rehab team at UT Southwestern, shares 11 exercises that patients can do at home to rebuild their strength and conditioning after recovering from COVID-19.

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