Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation medicine is a field of medicine concerned with restoring, enhancing, and maximizing function and quality of life of our patients. This is especially important after someone suffers from disabling medical conditions or events. The focus of our treatments is to achieve patient-related goals, guided by the latest knowledge and medical evidence. Each treatment plan is tailored to the specific need of each individual through multi-disciplinary team joint effort.

The Rehabilitation Medicine service in University Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) started as a Medical Rehabilitation Unit in 1991. Over the span of more than 10 years, it has developed to be a clinical department with various specialized medical rehabilitation services. Our team members consist of Rehabilitation Physicians and doctors, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Wheelchair Service Professionals, prosthetists & Orthotists, Technicians as well as dedicated rehabilitation nursing staff. Together, we deliver comprehensive rehabilitation care, both through our extensive outpatient and inpatient services.

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is also the teaching center for various medical and health-related affiliates of Rehabilitation Medicine and serves as the heart of research and development in the field of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Level 12, South Tower
University Malaya Medical Centre
Lembah Pantai
59100 Kuala Lumpur
No. Phone: +60 03-7949 2972 / 2593
No. Fax: +60 03 7967 4766

For further information please refer to the UMMC Rehabilitation Medicine Portal.

Rehabilitation Medicine is a specialty of medicine devoted to the rehabilitation of people affected by various neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopedic and other medical conditions affecting function. We aim to facilitate restoration of the quality of life and maximize the potential of functional health. We provide medical assessments and consultation, functional evaluation, working together with the patient to set treatment goals, and provide specific medical interventions.  We work as a team with our members (allied health professionals) to provide the best of care in every rehabilitation journey. We add life to years!

The World Confederation for Physiotherapy (WCPT) defines physical therapy as “services provided by physical therapists to individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. The service is provided in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions and/or environmental factors and with the understanding that functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy ".

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT 2012).

Speech-language therapist (SLT) works with individuals with a wide range of speech, language, feeding, swallowing, voice, fluency and cognitive-communication disorders. Clinical services may be provided individually or in groups depending on each individual’s diagnosis and needs. SLTs may also work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the management of different individuals, which may include medical officers, rehabilitation physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, dieticians and other professionals to optimize the individual’s care.

The initial focus of this division was to provide wheelchairs in optimal conditions to be used by patients during their visit or in-patient stay where we provide repair and maintenance services. Till this date, our centre covers a wide range of services related to wheelchair provision from assessment to provision of the wheelchair including post service care, fabrication of assistive devices and postural seating device and training of wheelchair service professionals based on World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training. In the near future, Rehab Technology & Wheelchair Services is planning to be involved in the development of new high-tech rehabilitation devices.

ARRT is the use of robotics and technologies to assist in the rehabilitation process. Its development revolves around the concept of neuroplasticity (the central nervous system''s ability to “retrain” itself).

Rehabilitation Medicine is a clinical specialty devoted to the rehabilitation of people affected by various neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and other medical conditions. We aim to facilitate restoration of functions in activities of daily living, henceforth the quality of life of affected individuals and their families. Rehabilitation process, involves multidisciplinary team members, which is led by rehabilitation physicians. Rehabilitation clinics provide medical consultations in various areas which are according to specific medical problems. Following consultation from the rehabilitation clinic, patients will be directed to outpatient therapy accordingly for specific and individualized rehabilitation program.

Rehabilitation Medicine is a speciality of medicine devoted to the rehabilitation of people affected by various neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and other medical conditions. In Rehabilitation we aim to facilitate restoration of the quality of life and maximize the potential for your functional health. Through our ward services, we provide inpatient rehabilitation programs with a multidisciplinary team approach  with the team consisting of rehab physicians, medical officers working closely with nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist to provide holistic and best rehabilitation care. Other team members that may involve are dieticians, medical social workers, and counsellors. Rehabilitation ward (9SA) is located at the 9th floor, South Tower (Menara Selatan), UMMC.

Prosthetic and Orthotic (P&O) services are part of the allied health services in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Based on principles of human anatomy and biomechanics, prescription of prostheses (artificial legs or hands) or orthoses (braces and splints) are made to enable people with physical impairments and functional limitations to have a better rehabilitation outcome.
P&O service in University Malaya Medical Centre has been under the management of BioApps Sdn. Bhd. since January 2015. BioApps Sdn Bhd is a University of Malaya’s spin off company, established under the Centre for Applied Biomechanics (CAB), Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. More information on the services provided by this company can be found here at

For further information please refer to the UMMC Rehabilitation Medicine Portal



  • Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya,
    Lembah Pantai, 59100,
    Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA


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  • Phone No : 03-79494422
    Fax : 03-79492030