RUSK REHABILITATION IN CHINA
By Geoffrey Hall, MBA, MSW, LCSW, Administrator, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
China is an ocean away and a world apart, but the connection
between the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and China is
closer than many people would imagine. Dr. Howard Rusk and Dr.
Mathew Lee helped to establish the first rehabilitation facility in China
in 1982 and laid the groundwork for Rusk’s efforts in China today.
In the spirit of developing quality rehabilitation programs around
the globe, Rusk recently sent an interdisciplinary clinical team
consisting of rehabilitation medicine physicians, physical therapists
and rehabilitation nurses to Qingdao Municipal Hospital to begin a
year-long training program in sports medicine and rehabilitation.
This team delivered more than 20 lectures to Chinese physicians,
nurses and rehabilitation therapists on the concepts and practices
of Western-style rehabilitation medicine and consulted on numerous
patients during the 10-day visit, with some remarkable and
In the United States, our medical practices have long demonstrated
the need to ambulate patients soon after surgery, and we recognize
the importance of rehabilitation medicine as a means to help the
patient return to their home or community as quickly as possible. In
China, for a variety of reasons, it remains fairly common to prescribe
bed rest following surgery and patients are admitted to hospitals
for much longer inpatient stays. In this context, the healing power
of rehabilitation medicine can be awe-inspiring. Our clinical team
assisted numerous patients in leaving bed to walk or exercise for the
first time in weeks/months post-surgery. Seeing the response of the
patients, their families and our Chinese counterparts was a reminder
of why we chose healthcare as a profession.
Seeing the response of the patients, their families and
our Chinese counterparts was a reminder of why we chose
healthcare as a profession.
Rusk Rehabilitation | “The Whole Story” | Spring 2012 | Page Three