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PM&R Journal

The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation 

PM&R is the official scientific journal of AAPM&R. The Academy launched this peer-reviewed journal in 2009 specifically for the physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. PM&R was selected for MEDLINE indexing later that year.

The goal of the publication is to advance education and impact the specialty through the timely delivery of clinically relevant and evidence-based research and review information. Topics include acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders and pain, neurologic conditions involving the central and peripheral nervous systems, rehabilitation of impairments associated with disabilities in adults and children, and neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis.

Academy members receive free access to all journal content both online and in print. In addition, the journal includes journal CME activities and often includes additional learning activities such as self-assessment examinations for practitioners (SAE-Ps).

Call for Reviewers:

PM&R is looking to expand its pool of peer reviewers. Responsibilities include providing timely, honest and constructive review of manuscript assessing importance, quality and credibility. Interested in volunteering? Send an e-mail to

Award-Winning Articles from PM&R

PM&R congratulates the recipients of the following three Best Paper Awards: 

Foundation for PM&R/ PM&R Best Original Research Award

“Recurrence of Pain After Usual Nonoperative Care for Symptomatic Lumbar Disk Herniation: Analysis of Data From the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial”

Pradeep Suri, MD, MS, Adam M. Pearson, MD, MS, Emily A. Scherer, PhD, Wenyan Zhao, PhD, Jon D. Lurie, MD, MS, Tamara S. Morgan, MA, James N. Weinstein, DO, MS

PM&R 2016; 8:405-414

PM&R Best Paper Original Research-International

“Modulation of Cervical Facet Joint Nociception and Pain Attenuates Physical and Psychological Features of Chronic Whiplash: A Prospective Study. “

Ashley Dean Smith, PT, Gwendolen Jull, PhD, Geoff M. Schneider, PhD, Bevan Frizzell, MD, Robert A. Hooper, MD, Michele Sterling, PhD

PM R 2015; 7:913-921.

PM&R Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper

Intrathecal Versus Oral Baclofen: A Matched Cohort Study of Spasticity, Pain, Sleep, Fatigue, and Quality of Life.

Zachary L. McCormick, MD, Samuel K. Chu, MD, Danielle Binler, MS, Daniel Neudorf, DO, Sunjay N. Mathur, MD, Jungwha Lee, PhD, MPH, Christina Marciniak, MD

PM&R 2016; 8:553-562

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All original research articles published (in print) in PM&R between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, were eligible for this year’s awards. The final selection was made by a committee appointed by the Editor-in-Chief. Selection criteria included the following: 

  • The importance of the contribution of the manuscript to the clinical or basic science related to physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • Relevance to clinical practice.
  • The quality of the research methodology and interpretation of the findings.
  • Quality of the writing.



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2016 PM&R Editor’s Choice Best Original Research Award