Archives of PM&R

Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation



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Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Archives) is the acclaimed international journal of ACRM covering the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation and allied disciplines.

Original articles report important trends and deliver authoritative information on the therapeutic utilization of physical behavioral and pharmaceutical agents in providing comprehensive care for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities.

According to the 2015 Journal Citation Reports just released, the Impact Factor for Archives increased by 19 percent over the previous year to 3.045. This is the 12th increase in 13 years, making Archives fourth out of 65 journals in the Rehabilitation category and 9th out of 82 in the Sports Sciences category. It also has the highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific.

With 20,209 lifetime citations, Archives is by far the most cited of all PM&R journals.

The Archives editors thank all of our authors, reviewers, editorial board members, and editorial office staff, and congratulate everyone on our shared success!



Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation announces a Focus Issue on patient safety and quality in rehabilitation. This topic has gained increasing importance in recent years with a series of National Academy of Medicine publications. Archives’ editors seek methodologically rigorous original research, systematic reviews, brief reports, and special communication submissions that advance clinical practice in rehabilitation settings.

Submissions may focus on specific rehabilitation-relevant clinical populations, disciplines, services, and settings. We anticipate accepted submissions appearing in a late 2017/early 2018 issue. Manuscripts can now be submitted by 30 July 2017 in order to complete peer review in sufficient time. In your accompanying cover letter please note your submission is for this focus issue. For additional information, please contact Glenn Collins, Managing Editor.


2016 Archives Elite Reviewers

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Archives Elite Reviewers 2016

The Editorial Board congratulates the Archives’ 2016 Elite Reviewers. The designation of Elite Reviewer reflects the number, timeliness and quality of reviews contributed to the Archives as judged by the editors. We would not have achieved recognition as a leading rehabilitation journal and been able to contribute to the scientific literature without the dedicated support of our reviewers. Thank you for your many contributions to the peer review process.





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CLICK to View FlyerACRM Members also receive free online access to archival issues of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics published by Elsevier. Non-members may subscribe directly from the Archives website.



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The  Archives of PMR iPad® Edition and Android app are free to all ACRM members and Archives subscribers. Simply register to activate your access, then visit the iTunes Store or Google Play Store to download the app.

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The Archives mobile app for iOS or Android allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. Both apps share similar features, including:

  • Browse new issues and read new Articles in Press throughout the month, or jump to the featured articles with just a tap!
  • Bookmark your favorites
  • Take notes and highlight within articles
  • Interact with figures, tables, multimedia and supplementary content with updated in-article navigation
  • Personalize your experience with My Reading List, Notes, saving articles for offline reading, sharing articles via social media, emailing useful content, etc.
  • Get up-to-the minute alerts on new issues and featured articles by activating the App Alerts


ACRM RehabCast

RehabCast Available in Multiple Platforms

Hosted by Dr. Ford Vox, each episode features in-depth interviews with scientists publishing in the journal and news briefs relevant to all rehabilitation clinicians—PM&R physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and more.

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RehabCast, the official podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is available on the following platforms, friendly to iOS, Android and desktop use.



The May  2017 Issue (Volume 98, Issue 5 has published.


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Here is a look at just some of what is available in the May issue:


Special Communications

Predatory Open Access in Rehabilitation
Andrea Manca, Gianluca Martinez, Lucia Cugusi, Daniele Dragone, Giuseppe Mercuro, Franca Deriu

Predatory Publishing in Rehabilitation
Jeffrey R. Basford, Allen W. Heinemann


Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Quality of Life and Psychosocial Well-Being in Youth With Neuromuscular Disorders Who Are Wheelchair Users: A Systematic Review
Vivienne Travlos, Shane Patman, Andrew Wilson, Gail Simcock, Jenny Downs

Ottawa Panel Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Structured Physical Activity in the Management of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Sabrina Cavallo, Lucie Brosseau, Karine Toupin-April, George A. Wells, Christine A. Smith, Arlanna G. Pugh, Jennifer Stinson, Roanne Thomas, Sara Ahmed, Ciarán M. Duffy, Prinon Rahman, Inmaculada C. Àlvarez-Gallardo, Laurianne Loew, Gino De Angelis, Debbie Ehrmann Feldman, Annette Majnemer, Isabelle J. Gagnon, Désirée Maltais, Marie-Ève Mathieu, Glen P. Kenny, Susan Tupper, Kristi Whitney-Mahoney, Sarah Bigford

Effectiveness of 3 Weekly Injections Compared With 5 Weekly Injections of Intra-Articular Sodium Hyaluronate on Pain Relief of Knee Osteoarthritis or 3 Weekly Injections of Other Hyaluronan Products: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Todd P. Stitik, Sony M. Issac, Simple Modi, Saad Nasir, Irina Kulinets


Featured Articles

Capsule-Preserving Hydrodilatation With Corticosteroid Versus Corticosteroid Injection Alone in Refractory Adhesive Capsulitis of Shoulder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Doo-Hyung Lee, Seung-Hyun Yoon, Michael Y. Lee, Kyu-Sung Kwack, Ueon Woo Rah

Effects of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation During Hemodialysis on Peripheral Muscle Strength and Exercise Capacity
Ana Karla Brüggemann, Carolina Luana Mello, Tarcila Dal Pont, Deborah Hizume Kunzler, Daniel Fernandes Martins, Franciane Bobinski, Wellington Pereira Yamaguti, Elaine Paulin

Myofascial Induction Effects on Neck-Shoulder Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors: Randomized, Single-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Crossover Design
Eduardo Castro-Martín, Lucía Ortiz-Comino, Tania Gallart-Aragón, Bernabé Esteban-Moreno, Manuel Arroyo-Morales, Noelia Galiano-Castillo

Effectiveness of an Educational Physiotherapy and Therapeutic Exercise Program in Adult Patients With Hemophilia
Rubén Cuesta-Barriuso, Ana Torres-Ortuño, Joaquín Nieto-Munuera, José Antonio López-Pina


Information/Education Page

Maintaining Shoulder Health After Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide to Understanding Treatments for Shoulder Pain
Meegan G. Van Straaten, Beth A. Cloud, Kristin D. Zhao, Emma Fortune, Melissa M.B. Morrow


2016 ACRM Annual Conference Abstracts –

Posted with October and December issues

The abstracts of scientific papers and posters presented at the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research, 30 October – 4 November 2016 in Chicago, IL, USA are published in the October issue. View the issue here. The Late Breaking Abstracts are published with the December issue and can be found here.


Special Supplement to the September 2016 issue

Physical Activity in Adult Rehabilitation Populations
Guest Editor - Daniel K. White, Mark S. Nash
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Special Supplement to the June 2016 issue

Rehabilitation Following Surgical Reconstruction to Restore Function to the Upper Limb in Tetraplegia
Guest Editor - M. Elise Johanson, DPT
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Special Supplement to the February 2016 issue

Sex, Gender, and Traumatic Brain Injury
Guest Editor - Angela Colantonio
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