This speciality branch deals with the process of improving the functional abilities of patients with physical disabilities, injuries etc. The birth of PSG Hospitals’ Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation can be traced to a notifiation issued by the Medical Council of India. Through this medical education related amendment, notifid in 2008, the MCI introduced postings in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) for medical interns for a period of seven days. In 2009 PSG Hospitals established the Department of PMR. The physiotherapy services were then merged with the functionalities of the PMR Department.
The present Head of the Department, Dr V. Ramamoorthy, has been its HOD since its inception. The department is also the teaching affiiate of the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research and the PSG College of Physiotherapy, thereby ensuring skill component training for budding doctors and physiotherapists. Within a short span of time, the department has started offering a slew of vital services including pain & rehabilitation clinic, inpatient care, physiotherapy, artifiial limb centre, and counselling about physical activities needed for diabetic patients.
Four speciality clinics have also been set up including posttrauma rehabilitation and diabetic foot care. The diabetic foot
care clinic, started in 2010, follows the guidelines of American Diabetes Association, a US-based organisation spearheading dissemination of information regarding the disease for the benefit of diabetics. Accordingly, all the diabetics admitted to PSG Hospitals undergo foot evaluation. Total contact cast application is also done to offlad ulcer and enhance wound healing. The department also follows the protocol approach with the primary aim of focusing on pain management in coordination with other departments and speciality units of the hospital.
The department has also plans to offer an MD course in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The establishment of a stroke rehabilitation centre and preventive cardiology clinic is also part of its grand designs.