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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

At UofL Physicians - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), we provide our patients with leading-edge care backed by the latest research.  Our physical medicine and rehab specialists are dedicated to optimizing patient healing and quality of life by delivering the latest techniques to our patients.

Our physical medicine and rehab experts work with patients along their entire treatment journey:

  • Emergency room
  • Inpatient consult
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Subacute rehab
  • Outpatient office visits
  • Home health supervision
  • Comprehensive outpatient rehab
  • Neuro rehab day program

We use the latest treatments including:

  • Interventional pain management techniques
  • Botulinum toxins injection
  • Intrathecal therapy for pain and spasticity
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Wheelchair and seating prescriptions
  • Assistive technology prescription
  • Locomotor training
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Whole body vibration
  • Upper body extremity robotics
  • Virtual reality rehab
  • Myoelectric prostheses

Find physical medicine specialists in Louisville by viewing the Our Physicians tab.

For more about groundbreaking research by UofL doctors in restoring motor function to paralyzed individuals, read the UofL news release and the article in the medical journal The Lancet, and see the coverage on the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's website.

The specialists at UofL Physicians - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation treat a complete spectrum of brain and spine conditions:

Neurologic disorders

  • Movement disorder
  • ALS
  • Dementia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Carpal tunnel


  • Congenital disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Muscular dystrophy

Cerebral disorders

  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Brain tumor
  • Parkinson’s disease

Musculoskeletal conditions

  • Sports medicine
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive trauma
  • Degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis

Painful conditions 

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS)


  • Brain injury     
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Concussion
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Amputation
  • Workers’ compensation

UofL Physicians - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is one of the nation’s leading centers for brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.  Our physicians are specialists in the treatment of:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Concussion
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amputation

Our physiatrists specialize in all areas of specialty rehab care:

  • Cancer rehab
  • Pulmonary rehab
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Transplant rehab
  • Pediatric rehab
  • Geriatric assessment
  • Return-to-work assessments

We believe strongly in holistic patient care.  Taking a team approach, our physical medicine and rehab specialists develop and manage customized treatment plans in consultation with specialists in:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology
  • Primary care
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy

"My niece has complex medical needs and is wheelchair bound. Nurse Kara brought us a Hoyer lift right away. She was lifted out of her chair, and onto the exam table. Dr. Wagers came in right away and we were finished within 20 minutes! This was a easy appointment because of the great teamwork! Thanks so much! It means the world to us!"


"The entire staff was extremely professional, friendly, and courteous. They made for a very pleasant experience."


"I can't tell you how much it meant to get a fast, efficient and helpful group of people to work with regarding my needs/issues. Thank you so much."


 “Sushma Chandan, MD in the Department of Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation department. Words can’t express how thankful, and how wonderful she is. She does everything in her power to get the problem resolved. She sits, and listen to you, she cares for you, she reaches out to you with open arms to help, she even spends up to an hour with no rush with all of her patients. Sushma Chandan, MD was a blessing in the sky, and I am definitely thankful to have her.”


"I think Dr. Wagers is an excellent physician. She is a nice person and knowledgeable about my son's medical needs. She always speaks to my son in a respectful and friendly manner even though he is nonverbal and is unable to respond."


"Each person I encountered at Frazier has been extremely kind and always treated me with a very positive attitude."


"Absolutely outstanding!!  I have seen more than one Doctor regarding my sciatica pain.  By far, hands downs, Dr. Chandan has helped me more than all of them put together!  The word "surgery" kept coming up with the first Dr.'s I saw not associated with U of L's spine center.  Dr. Boakye looked for solutions.  The very first time I saw Dr. Chandan she realized I needed trigger point shots.  No other doctor had ever mentioned these shots. They provided me with my few first days of relief and I've gotten better ever since that appt.  During the July appointment I was so happy to show her how much I have improved. The stretching exercises she gave me and the trigger shots literally gave me my life back.   So thankful for everyone at this office.  Most kind office personnel and nurses at all times. I feel I have been treated by the "Best of the Best" Louisville has to offer and it is my pleasure to tell others of my great experience there. Thank you and God Bless You!"


Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.


Offices and Clinics

  • Frazier Rehab Institute Jewish Hospital (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
    220 Abraham Flexner Way
    12th Floor
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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  • Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital
    3104 Blackiston Blvd.
    New Albany, Indiana 47150
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital
  • Norton Hospitals
  • Clark Memorial Hospital
  • Floyd Memorial Hospital
  • Baptist Hospital East
  • Robley Rex VA Medical Center
  • Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000