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Welcome to the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota.

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) became an autonomous department at the University of Minnesota in 1952. A federal PM&R Research and Training Center was established at the University of Minnesota in 1961 and during the 1970’s and early 1980’s the department was noted as a premier PM&R national training center. The department continues in its mission of providing high quality patient care, education and research in medical rehabilitation.

I invite you to explore this website for information about our department and dedicated faculty and staff. We hope you will find this site helpful and informative.

Best wishes,
Dennis Dykstra, MD, PhD
Associate Professor & Chairman

Dr. Dennis Dykstra, Chairman

Education & Training Programs


State of the art research is an important component in our department.  Our faculty members excel in cross-departmental collaboration and these partnerships are constructed around five core research themes:

  1. Stroke Recovery

  2. Musculo-skeletal Injuries

  3. Postural & Motor Control

  4. Muscle Adaptation

  5. Outcomes of Therapeutic Intervention

In addition, we have collaborated with industry on numerous clinical trials on the use of botulinum neurotoxins in dystonia, spastic bladder and other conditions.

Clinical Services

 We provide a full spectrum of clinical rehabilitation services, including;


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