Illness and injury can affect a person in countless ways. UAB Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is one of the Southeast’s foremost providers of comprehensive rehabilitation care. Our services are headquartered at UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center, a 49-bed rehabilitation hospital featuring advanced, individualized care for adolescents and adult patients recovering from a broad variety of health problems. Our PM&R programs address every aspect of a patient’s rehabilitation, including physical, social, and psychological health. Our specialists are devoted exclusively to the practice of rehabilitation medicine, utilizing advanced research, technology, and expertise to provide the highest level of patient care.
Our Services Include:
Clinics and Programs
- Amputee Clinic
- Balance and Vestibular Training
- Brain Injury Clinic
- Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
- CI Therapy/Taub Therapy Clinic
- Constraint-Induced Aphasia Therapy
- Driver Rehabilitation
- Electromyography (EMG) Clinic
- General/Orthopaedic Clinic
- Locomotor Training
- Neuropsychology/Clinical Psychology
- Occupational Therapy
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinic
- Physical Therapy
- "Roll" Model Peer-focused Support Program
- Spain Rehabilitation Pool
- Spasticity Clinic
- Speech Therapy
- Spinal Cord Clinic
- Urology Clinic
- Wheelchair Seating and Positioning
- Women’s Health Clinic (for women with disabilities)
- Wound Care Clinic
The parking lot in front of the building on Sixth Avenue South is for the exclusive use of Spain Rehabilitation Center patients and families. Valet parking and self-parking is available. Weekly parking permits are available. For more information see any ParkRite parking representative or contact Guest Services at 205-934-2273 or, from a hospital phone, dial *55.
Spain Rehabilitation Center (SRC) has treated more than 450,000 patients since opening in 1964. The care provided by our nationally recognized PM&R program is interdisciplinary, as specialists from all areas of UAB Medicine contribute their unique skills and expertise to form care teams that evaluate and treat each patient. These patient care teams include physiatrists (doctors who specialized in rehabilitation medicine), nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation professionals, and other health care providers as needed. Our clinicians have the expertise and compassion necessary to develop comprehensive care plans to help patients overcome difficulties and pursue their goals.
SRC’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System of Care has had continuous funding since 1972, our National SCI Statistical Center has been funded since 1985, and the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care since 1998. The Samuel Stover, MD, Assistive Technology Laboratory was established in 2008 with major funding from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The lab allows spinal cord injury patients to use computer-based equipment to help them deal with disabilities. In 2010, SRC developed its first neuroregenerative science research program, which explores the possibilities of regrowing or repairing nerve tissue, cells, and other bodily building blocks to restore lost function to the brain and spinal cord.
Images and Videos
Professional Insights into Managing Pregnancy after Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury
When Cade Weems suffered a traumatic brain injury in a catastrophic ATV accident, the first goal was to save his life. The staff at UAB Hospital succeeded in that goal. Doctors, nurses and speech and occupational therapists at UAB's Spain Rehabilitation Center worked to help give Cade back the life he once knew. Through a steady course of therapy, Cade relearned things that most people take for granted, like walking, talking and eating. Watch's Cade's miraculous story here.
In the years that have passed since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, the many stories of rebirth, rebuilding and resilience have helped heal the state. University of Alabama student Chelsea Thrash is one such story. Chelsea's recovery at UAB's Spain Rehabilitation Center has helped her regain mobility, function and quality of life in time to start classes for the fall semester, just like she planned.
47-year-old Angela Heinkel was the picture of perfect health, a busy and active mother of 11 children who went running every day. So it was a shock when she suffered a stroke after finishing one of her regular runs. Thankfully, Angela survived and began the road to recovery, which included relearning how to walk and talk. Angela's dedication to her rehab, with the help of the specialists at Spain Rehabilitation Center, has made simple daily tasks like speaking and eating a reality again.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials