PM&R Journal

PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation 

Members & Publications

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, journal CME activities are included; often with 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 manuscripts assessing importance, quality and credibility. Interested in volunteering? AAPM&R members can apply here. Questions? Email

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2021 Award-Winning Articles from PM&R

PM&R congratulates the recipients of the following 3 Best Paper Awards:

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

Relationship of Overuse Injuries and Extrascholastic Sport Participation in High School Athletes 2009-2010 through 2015-2016.

Stephanie Cowherd Ryder MD, Matthew Gnirke MD, Scott R. Laker MD, Claire Hoffmire PhD, R. Dawn Comstock PhD

PM&R 2020; 12: 882-890.

PM&R Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper

Phase I Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Balance and Aerobic Training in Degenerative Cerebellar Disease

Scott Barbuto MD PhD, Dario Martelli PhD, Omofuma Isirame BA, Nancy Lee MSc, Laurie Bishop PhD, Sheng-Han Kuo MD, Sunil Agrawal PhD, Seonjoo Lee PhD, Michael O'Dell MD, Joel Stein MD

PM&R, 2021; 13: 364-371. 

PM&R Best Paper Original Research-International

Sitting Balance Exercise Performed Using Virtual Reality Training on a Stroke Rehabilitation Inpatient Service: A Randomized Controlled Study

Lisa Sheehy PhD,Anne Taillon-Hobson MSc, Heidi Sveistrup PhD, Martin Bilodeau PhD, Christine Yang MD, Hillel Finestone MD

PM&R 2020; 12:754-765. 


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All original research articles published (in print) in PM&R between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021 were eligible for this year's awards. 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.