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Rehabilitation medicine has first introduced to Korea by American missionaries and the American-Korean Foundation in 1953.

Its history is not so long compared to other fields in medicine, but it became an essential part of medicine to meet the demands of life extension and welfare society. With the medical advances, there are more chances to treat diseases which were considered hard to cure and save life from severe injuries. However it also results in more people with disabilities.

The goal of rehabilitation medicine is to help the disabled live nearly normal lives by having them develop their potentials to improve physical, mental, social abilities and competence in hobby, occupation, and learning under the given conditions.

Based on people-oriented multi-disciplinary approach, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, language therapists, and social workers work together to evaluate and determine the treatment direction of each patient.

Rehabilitation medicine continues developing as the public awareness of physically disabled persons and the demands of patients and the disabled for treatment and quality of life increase.

Subjects of rehabilitation therapy

  • Central nervous system disease: stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor
  • Peripheral nervous system diseases
  • Musculoskeletal disorders: arthritis, backache, burn, amputee, gait disturbance
  • Senile diseases: regenerative musculoskeletal disorders, regenerative nervous system diseases
  • Pediatric diseases: cerebral palsy, congenital malformation, developmental disorders, children with specific diseases
  • Cancer patients
  • Patients with cardiac and lung disorders

Subjects of rehabilitation therapy

Physical therapy

  • Therapeutic exercise : training to maximize bodily functions by postural control and normal movements
  • Pain clinic : treatment to alleviate pain in musculoskeletal system
  • Gait and balance training : treatment to improve balance control for independent gait and returning to social life

Occupational therapy

  • Functional activities : training to improve the functions of upper limbs
  • Activities of daily living : training on personal activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, toileting, etc.
  • Dysphagia rehabilitation : improving swallowing function
  • Cognitive rehabilitation : training on concentration, memory, and performance abilities for functional activities

Speech & Language Therapy

  • Neurolinguistic language disorders : comprehensive language therapy for improving overall communication ability.
  • Dysarthria : treatment of imperfect speech by enhancing breathing, vocalization, and articulation ability.
  • Linguistic cognition : training on meta-cognition abilities related to memory, reasoning, judgment, and communication.
  • Developmental language disorder : treatment of developmental disorders such as delayed language development,. articulation disorder, stuttering, cleft palate, etc.

Medical Specialities

Take a look at the treatment of major diseases in your department.

Breast Cancer

For the last two decades, AMC Breast Cancer Center has shown excellent treatment results of breast cancer with 89.3% of five-year survival rates of patients with all-stage cancers between 1989 and 2008 while 91.9% of five-year survival rates in all patients between 2003 and 2008, which is a 20% improvement of survival rates in 15 years.

Brain Tumor

The center provides customized treatment to each patient, including all aspects of brain tumor treatment such as skull base surgery, endoscopic operation, neuro-oncology and clinical trials, stereotactic radiosurgery, and neuroendocrinology.

Scoliosis

The Scoliosis Center provides treatment of all types of infantile and adolescent scoliosis (idiopathic, congenital, and neuromuscular) as well as other pediatric spinal disorders. Professors and clinical nurse specialists will offer sufficient explanations and counseling to patients and their parents at the consultation rooms or the counseling room.

Herniated Intervertebral Disc

AMC uses evidence-based practices and offers sports therapy as the first line of treatment in collaboration with the sports health center and the department of rehabilitation medicine. If needed, injection therapy is possible with the department of radiology and the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Doctors

  • KO EUN JAE
    KO EUN JAE
    Departments

    Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine

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  • Kim, Dae-yul
    Kim, Dae-yul
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke Center

    Specialty

    Peripheral Nerve & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation, Electromyogram

  • Kim, Won
    Kim, Won
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention & Rehabilitation Center

    Specialty

    Musculoskeletal disease, Pain, Cancer Patient Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation

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    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine

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  • Yoo, Jong-yoon
    Yoo, Jong-yoon
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke Center

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    Spinal Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal disease, Pain

  • SEUNG HAK LEE
    SEUNG HAK LEE
    Departments

    Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Cardiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention & Rehabilitation Center

    Specialty

  • MIN HO CHUN
    MIN HO CHUN
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke Center, Asan Diabetes Center, Brain Tumor center

    Specialty

    Neurorehabilitation, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Foot Rehabilitation

  • Jeon, JaeYong
    Jeon, JaeYong
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Biliary & Pancreatic Cancer center, Head and Neck Cancer center, Gynecologic Cancer center, Breast Cancer center

    Specialty

    Cancer Patient Rehabilitation, Pain, Musculoskeletal & Respiratory Rehabilitation

  • Choi, Kyoung-hyo
    Choi, Kyoung-hyo
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke Center, Head and Neck Cancer center

    Specialty

    Pain, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Transplantation Rehabilitation, Dysphagia, Sports Rehabilitation

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    SEO KYUNG CHEON
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine

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    LEE SOO JIN
    Departments

    Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine

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    RIM JAE HWAL
    Departments

    Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine

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