Archives of PM&R


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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 2013 Journal Citation Reports just released, the Impact Factor for Archives increased by 3.5 percent over the previous year to 2.441 . This is the tenth increase in 11 years and the highest Impact Factor of all general Rehabilitation journals that are not discipline- or condition-specific.

With 17,931 lifetime citations, Archives is the most-cited journal in Rehabilitation and has the highest Eigenfactor in the category.

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


Annual subscriptions online and in print cost $406 – 550 (US / International) and $168 – $268 (US / International). Subscriptions are FREE to ACRM members. JOIN ACRM

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


Choose the opportunities that best meet the goals of your institution.

View the 2014 Archives Media Kit


The  Archives PMR iPad® Edition is free to all ACRM members and Archives subscribers. All you have to do is register to activate your access, then visit the iTunes Store and click “View in iTunes” to download the app.

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The Archives PMR iPad® Edition allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. No more waiting until you’re online. No more making sure you have your print copy handy.

You can:

  • Bookmark your favorites
  • Take notes and highlight within articles
  • Quickly swipe through articles and issues
  • Save to your favorite reader app
  • Get up-to-the minute alerts on new issues and featured articles by activating the App Alerts


Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers CME for six articles per year, with a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ per article.

Current articles eligible for CME can be accessed online.

Participants can complete the pre-activity self-assessment and CME Test and Evaluation online by logging on to the ACRM CE Center. Upon successful completion of the online tests and evaluation form, you can instantly download and print your certificate of credit.


The Communications Committee recently approved monthly publication of the Information/Education Pages (I/EP) in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in response to the considerable interest of the ACRM membership.

In 2013 the ACRM Communications Committee launched the I/EP feature, which until now has been published on a bi-monthly basis in the Organization News section of Archives. I/EPs are fact sheets that are printed as tear-out pages, designed to provide consumer-friendly information on topics relevant to rehabilitation medicine.

They are targeted toward people with disabilities, their caregivers or clinicians; and are designed so that a practitioner can tear out and copy, or download the pages, to make them available to patients and caregivers.

How to Submit an I/EP

The Committee is seeking additional submissions on topics of interest to the ISIGs, networking groups, task forces, the membership, and community at large. To submit an IEP in your area of interest, please contact Communications Committee Chair, John Morris or +1.404.367.1348.

View all published Information/ Education Pages.


The September 2014 Issue (Volume 95, Issue 9) Has Published
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Here is a look at just some of what is available in the September issue:

From the Editors’ Desk

21st Century Challenges to the Provision of Health Care to Adults With Spina Bifida: A Rehabilitation Approach
Brad E. Dicianno

Featured Articles

Effects of Cervical Spine Manual Therapy on Range of Motion, Head Repositioning, and Balance in Participants With Cervicogenic Dizziness: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Susan A. Reid, Robin Callister, Michael G. Katekar, Darren A. Rivett

Short-Term Effect of Spinal Manipulation on Pain Perception, Spinal Mobility, and Full Height Recovery in Male Subjects With Degenerative Disk Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Felipe Vieira-Pellenz, Ángel Oliva-Pascual-Vaca, Cleofás Rodriguez-Blanco, Alberto Marcos Heredia-Rizo, François Ricard, Ginés Almazán-Campos

Comparative Impacts of Tai Chi, Balance Training, and a Specially-Designed Yoga Program on Balance in Older Fallers
Meng Ni, Kiersten Mooney, Luca Richards, Anoop Balachandran, Mingwei Sun, Kysha Harriell, Melanie Potiaumpai, Joseph F. Signorile

Randomized Comparison Trial of Balance Training by Using Exergaming and Conventional Weight-Shift Therapy in Patients With Chronic Stroke
Jen-Wen Hung, Chiung-Xia Chou, Yen-Wei Hsieh, Wen-Chi Wu, Min-Yuan Yu, Po-Chih Chen, Hsueh-Fen Chang, Shan-Er Ding

Impact of Resistance Training in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients During Periods of Acute Exacerbation
Rodrigo C. Borges, Celso R. Carvalho

Can a Lifestyle Intervention Improve Physical Fitness in Adolescents and Young Adults With Spastic Cerebral Palsy? A Randomized Controlled Trial
Jorrit Slaman, Marij Roebroeck, Wilma van der Slot, Jos Twisk, Akkelies Wensink, Henk Stam, Rita van den Berg-Emons, LEARN 2 MOVE Research Group

Effects of Feldenkrais Method on Chronic Neck/Scapular Pain in People With Visual Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial With One-Year Follow-Up
Lars-Olov Lundqvist, Christina Zetterlund, Hans O. Richter

Review Article (Meta-Analysis)

Psychometric Properties of 2-Minute Walk Test: A Systematic Review
Tamis W. Pin

Effectiveness of Aquatic Exercise for Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Meta-Analysis
Anna Lucia Barker, Jason Talevski, Renata Teresa Morello, Caroline Anne Brand, Ann Elizabeth Rahmann, Donna Michelle Urquhart

Measurement Tool

Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Stroke Impact Scale
Jane E. Sullivan

Information/Education Page

Sexuality After Traumatic Brain Injury
Angelle M. Sander, Kacey Little Maestas

Podcast Interview Article

Conceptualizing the Construct of Participation in Adults With Disabilities
Feng-Hang Chang, Wendy J. Coster