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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. John's Medical College Hospital, Bangalore

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Physiotherapy can be defined as a discipline whose primary purpose is the promotion of optimal human health and functions through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction.

Physiotherapy contributes significantly not only in the achievement of physical independence but indirectly acts as a main augmenting force to improve vocational potentials and psychological status leading to the attainment of social security.

About the Unit

The Physiotherapy Unit at St. John's Medical College and Hospital was started as a part of the Orthopaedic Department. From 1996 the Physiotherapy services were led by a physiatrist. In 1998 the Physiotherapy Unit became a part of the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in April 1999 when the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation was inaugurated the Physiotherapy Unit formed a very major part.

Currently the Unit has six qualified Physiotherapists and eight interns

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Services Provided

The following are some of the therapies given in the Physiotherapy section:-

  • Appropriate exercise prescription, monitoring the progress and modifying them if required.

  • Amputee rehabilitation

  • Balance training

  • Burn care and rehabilitation

  • Chest physiotherapy as part of critical care in various ICUs.

  • Cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation

  • Detailed physical assessment and treatment planning

  • Early mobilization of post operative orthopaedic patients

  • Geriatric care and management.

  • Management of back problems

  • Management of obesity and complaints due to overweight

  • Management of sports related injuries

  • Observational gait analysis and gait training

  • Pain management

  • Pre and post natal care for the mother.

  • Physical rehabilitation following neurological impairements

  •  Restorative care for the neonates and paediatric patients

  • Rehabilitation of hand injuries

  • Rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries

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Facilities available


Management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders using electrical modalities like:-

  • Short wave diathermy

  • Ultrasound therapy

  • Interferential therapy

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation

  • Electronic cervical and lumbar traction

  • Continuous passive motion

  • Infra red radiation

  • Wax therapy

  • Whirlpool bath

  • Hydrocollator

Exercise therapy

Various strengthening and mobility aids including a multi-gym.

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For more information contact:
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
St. John's Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore - 560034
Phone: +91-(0)80-2206 5256   Fax: +91-(0)80-2553 0070

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