University of Southern California open Shanghai rehab center

The University of Southern California set up a training and practice center for physical therapist cultivation in Shanghai with the cooperation of local facilities.
Ti Gong

Dr Joe Godges from the University of Southern California is showing physical therapy on the opening of a cooperation program between University of Southern California and medical facilities in Shanghai.

The first rehabilitation training and practice center of the University of Southern California in China was established in Fenglin Life Science Zone of Xuhui District.

The Best Bright Rehab, jointly set up by the university and Shanghai Rehab Technologies Co, will cooperate with local hospitals and medical schools to provide professional training and education on physical therapy — two aspects which are in great shortage in China and Shanghai, Fang Zhanghui, a Best Bright official said.

“Rehabilitation is common in the United States," said Joe Godges from the University of Southern California, which has been listed No.1 in physical therapy in the US for years. 

The population of 323 million has around 200,000 rehab professionals, which can make a big difference for people receiving rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery or suffering trauma, he added. 

There is a big shortage of rehabilitation professionals in China. Compared with western countries with at least 20 professionals for every 10,000 in the population, there are only 0.4 professionals for every 100,000 people in China. 

Along with the rising number of elderly people, the demand will continue to grow.

Ti Gong

Dr Joe Godges from the University of Southern California is showing physical therapy techniques at the opening of a cooperation program between University of Southern California and medical facilities in Shanghai.


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