Staff and specialities
Chief, Professor: Yoshitaka MATSUSUE
Assoiciate Chief, Associate Professor: Taku Kawasaki
Associate Professor: Shinji IMAI
Hand surgery, bone metabolism
Outline of the department
Physical medicine and rehabilitation is defined as the branch of medicine
involving the treatment and training of patients with disabilities to enable
them to attain their maximal potential for normal living or as near normal
living as is possible. It is a creative area of medicine, which requires the
cooperative efforts of various medical specialists in order to provide
comprehensive care that takes into consideration not only the physical needs,
but also the psychological, vocational and social needs of the patient.
Together as a team, we aim to restore patients to the highest possible level
of function and independence that they are capable of achieving.
In the Rehabilitation Division, a team of orthopedists and physical therapists
are currently involved in the management of patients with various physical
disabilities. The majority of patients, however, fall into the orthopedic
category, which includes those with connective tissue diseases (non-articular,
and articular, degenerative and rheumatoid), degenerative and/or traumatic
lesions of the spinal cord, disorders of the spine, and those requiring
peripheral joint replacement surgery.
In the future, we hope to broaden the scope of our clinic by including patients
with diseases of the central nervous system, disorders of pulmonary function,
cardiovascular problems, auditory and speech disorders, as well as those with
psychiatric impairments. In order to follow the philosophy of holistic medicine
and address the psychological, vocational, and social aspects of various
disabilities, this will require expansion of the health care team and
additional reinforcement of present staff members.