Established in November 1955 as a pilot project, with technical expertise and manpower support from the UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATION, with planning and collaboration by an Indian expert late DR M.V. SANT, the institute came under the administrative control of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India in 1961.
The former Prime Minister, Late Shrimati Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone for a new five storied building in March, 1959 and it was formally inaugurated by Dr. Karan Singh the then Union Minister of Health and Family Planning in March,1976.
Regarding the main Block ( 'A' Block), the foundation stone was laid by Dr. C.P. Thakur, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on 29/09/2000 and inaugurated by Dr. A. Ramadoss, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on 15/09/2006.
The Institute is one of the well equipped Rehabilitation Centers comprising of the Main Block which houses the O.P.D. Complex, 'State of Art ', Operation Theatres and a Post operative Recovery Room , High Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Fabrication Department including CAD CAM, advanced Physiotherapy Services, Students' Hostel and Guest Rooms.
The other two blocks house the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department having a 60 bedded in patient facility, Rehabilitation Therapy departments including Occupational Therapy , Physiotherapy , Speech Therapy, Medical Social Work , Vocational Guidance , Academic Section with Library , Vocational Training Department and the Prosthetic and Orthotic Workshop. Investigation facilities for diagnosis and management of patients are also present in these blocks in the departments of Pathology and Radiology.
The Institute is acclaimed globally for its commitment to provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation services to Persons with Locomotor disability from urban & rural areas of the country as well as overseas. It has high standing for its quality of training and research studies which include field studies.
The Institute is committed to provide services, impart training and conduct research in the field of Rehabilitation.
To actualize the potential of every person with Locomotor Disability to ensure for him/her equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation in the society.
To optimally enable Persons with Locomotor Disability by quality interventions that go beyond their medical needs, so as to achieve social and economic independence, train Rehabilitation Professionals and undertake Research.
- To create and provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation services for all categories of Neuro - musculo - skeletal disorders including chronic disorders.
- To create and provide services through interdisciplinary approach with emphasis on Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation.
- To train Rehabilitation Professionals through short term orientation courses and long term Graduate and Post Graduate Courses.
- To train Health Functionaries at community level.
- Fabrication of aids and appliances.
- To conduct research in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Collaboration and co-ordination with government and NGOs for providing consultative services for formulating improvement and monitoring of rehabilitation services from time to time.
Services Offered in the Institute:
Services are offered to the various categories of physical impairments, which may be consequent to disorders ranging from congenital, birth injuries, infective, metabolic, traumatic, hereditary or degenerative due to the aging process.
Some of the disabling conditions for which rehabilitation management is available at the Institute are:
- Paediatric viz. Cerebral Palsy, Post polio residual paralysis, Congenital anomalies, Arthogryphosis, Myelomeningocele, Rickets, Muscular dystrophy.
- Neurological viz. Stroke, Head injuries, Parkinsonism, Multiple Sclerosis, Peripheral neuropathies, Motor neuron diseases, Spinal cord injuries.
- Orthopaedic viz. Cervical and Lumbar spondylosis, Osteoporosis, Post fracture sequelae, Painful conditions of joints, Peripheral nerve injuries, Perthes disease, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Deformities resulting from Leprosy, Secondary complications of Diabetes, Burn contractures.
- Amputations viz. Congenital and acquired.
- Arthritic viz. Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Septic arthritis, Ankylosingspondylosis.
- Speech viz. Delayed speech and language development, Dysarthria, Aphasia.
- Sports injuries.