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Rehabilitation Medicine

Specialized medical services

Director of Rehabilitation Medicine

YOSHIKAWA Hideki
Director of Rehabilitation Medicine

The Rehabilitation Medicine was established on January 1, 2016. It is composed of: a director, a deputy director, 1 associate professor, 1 assistant professor, 1 associate professor(endowed chair) , 3 residents and 22 technical staffs (15 physical therapists, 4 occupational therapists and 3 speech therapists). Physical therapy addresses impaired motor function (muscular strength, joint range of motion, coordination, cardiopulmonary insufficiency, etc.) and the recovery of basic movement capabilities (rolling over, sitting, standing, walking, etc.). The section provides medical treatment and training using physiotherapy, therapeutic exercise, basic movement training, and the like to enable such recovery. The section has the equipment needed to assess motor functions objectively such as instruments for motion analysis and cardiorespiratory analysis. Occupational therapy provides an assessment of problems with applied motor skills (eating, straightening one’s posture, changing one’s clothes, excretion, bathing, housework, writing, etc.) due to physical disability or higher brain dysfunction, along with treatment and exercises aimed at the recovery of those abilities. Also, to assess problems with movement, facilities are available that include toilet, bath, and Japanese-style room facilities with instrumentation. The section also provides guidance to families on how to properly assist elderly people and use assistive products—a necessary function for an aging society. In speech-language-hearing therapy, communication impediments such as speech problems, lisps, voice disorders, or higher brain dysfunction are assessed, and treatment or exercises are prescribed and taught. In addition, rehabilitation is conducted in consultation with doctors and nurses for problems with eating or swallowing that may occur along with speech impediments. Additionally, family members and caregivers are given specific guidance as required on how to communicate with the patient or how to handle their problems with eating or swallowing.

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The Rehabilitation Medicine provides rehabilitation therapy to help patients improve or recover abilities when they are having trouble with motor functions, performing daily tasks, or communicating. In rehabilitation therapy, the periods after the onset of symptoms or injury are classified by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as: the acute phase, recovery phase, and maintenance phase (living stage). Osaka University Hospital primarily provides rehabilitation for hospitalized patients in the acute phase. Three attending physicians and medical specialists certified by the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine provide medical examinations to patients with motor function or communication impediments caused by various disorders and prescribe rehabilitation after determining that physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language-hearing therapy would be effective. Among the physical therapists three are expert physical therapists, two are certified physical therapists, three are cardiac rehabilitation instructors, and five are certified respiratory therapists.
And among the occupational therapists two are certified respiratory therapists.

The hospital also accepts the following qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

  1. Cardiovascular rehabilitation (I)
  2. Cerebrovascular disease rehabilitation (I)
  3. Locomotor rehabilitation (I)
  4. Respiratory organ rehabilitation (I)
  5. Cancer patient rehabilitation

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Guide for Visitors
Outpatient consultation days
Monday to Friday
Non-consultation days
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
New Year’s Holidays:
Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Consultation times
First visit: 8:30 am to 11:00 am

First-time visitors to Osaka University Hospital must have a referral from a physician.

Revisit: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Revisit with appointment: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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