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.
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.
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
The following are some of the therapies
given in the Physiotherapy section:-
Appropriate exercise prescription, monitoring the progress
and modifying them if required.
Burn care and rehabilitation
Chest physiotherapy as part of
critical care in various ICUs.
Detailed physical assessment and
Early mobilization of post operative
Geriatric care and management.
Management of back problems
Management of obesity and complaints
due to overweight
Management of sports related
Observational gait analysis and gait
Pre and post natal care for the
Physical rehabilitation following
Restorative care for the neonates
and paediatric patients
Rehabilitation of hand injuries
Rehabilitation of spinal cord
Management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders using electrical modalities
Short wave diathermy
Transcutaneous electrical nerve
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
Electronic cervical and lumbar
Continuous passive motion
Infra red radiation
Various strengthening and mobility aids including a multi-gym.