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DEPARTMENTS

Physical Medicine &

Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) is a branch of Modern Medicine that was developed during the time of the World War II, caring for the severely wounded veterans who had survived but had to live with serious consequences like amputations, brain injury and spinal cord injury. It was realized during this time that the people who are living with disabilities face multiple issues that are not dealt with in routine clinical or medical practice.

The specialty quickly gained acceptance across the globe and is well-established and highly recommended the world over. In India, PMR services have been existing in all major medical colleges since the 1960s and Kerala is no exception. The specialty has not gained the acceptance it should receive due to multiple reasons hence the National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR) has committed to increasing the awareness and acceptance of PMR services.

PMR is a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities

HOD

Dr. Sindhu Vijayakumar Physiatrist

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Dr. Sindhu Vijayakumar

Physiatrist

Areas of Interest
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics-Orthotics and Assistive Technology in Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Rehabilitation
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Educational Qualifications and Courses

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.):
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (P.M.R.):
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

Diplomate of National Board (D.N.B.) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (P.M.R.):
National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India

Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (P.M.R.):
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Certificate Course in Assistive Technology (AT) Solutions:
NISH, NIPMR and K-DISC, Kerala, India

Previous Clinical and Research Experience: (in descending order)
  • Consultant Physiatrist at Westfort Hospital Group (Westfort and Westfort Hi-Tech Hospitals) and Daya General Hospital and Multispecialty Surgical Centre, Thrissur
  • Postgraduate Trainee (Residency) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) AIIPMR, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, India
  • Specialist Grade II, Department of PMR, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC) and Safdarjang Hospital, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
  • Senior Research Associate, Senior Resident and Junior Resident at Department of PMR, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India