Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Aster Hospital, aims to eliminate pain and disability of an individual and enhance his/ her quality of life. A well-planned rehabilitation strategy has the power to reverse potential impairments associated with various conditions like stroke, fractures, disc herniation, cervical and lumbar spondylosis etc. We have a dedicated team of physiotherapists who are experts in treating a wide array of musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, neurology, and sports injuries. We also provide post-surgical rehabilitation which aims at making our patients return to their prior level of physical function as soon as possible. Our department is well equipped with physical therapy modalities such as traction, ultrasound, interferential therapy (IFT), wax bath, electrical stimulator, heat therapy unit, continuous passive mobilisation unit, and quadriceps strengthening chair.

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Dr. K M Mathew

Dr
Dr. K M Mathew
Senior Consultant
CESR in Rehab Medicine, DNB in PMR, DPMR, MBBS
Speciality
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Experience
31 Years
Hospital
Aster Medcity Kochi
Languages
Malayalam, English, Tamil, Hindi
Overview

A Physical Medicine & Rehabiliation Physician with more than 32 years of experience, Dr. K M Mathew is an expert in rehabilitation and long-term management of complex spinal / brain injuries. The first doctor at the NHS United Kingdom to successfully implant advanced Ottoback FES electrode and stimulation system, Dr. K M Mathew headed the Specialised Rehabilitation Services Directorate of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which included the Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, Head Injuries Centre, Prosthetics & Orthotics Centre and Gait Analysis Lab, for over half a decade.His areas of special interest include long-term management of spinal cord injuries and rehabilitation plans for patients who have undergone deformity correction surgery and tendon transfers, pressure sore repair and implantation of electrodes for Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and pumps for spasticity.

Awards and recognitions
  • The first doctor at the NHS, United Kingdom to successfully implant advanced Ottoback FES electrode and stimulation system.​
  • Former Head of Specialised Rehabilitation Services Directorate of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, United Kingdom. ​
  • ​Trained in reconstruction of tetraplegic hands.
  • Published research articles.​

Dr. Zachariah T Zachariah

Dr
Dr. Zachariah T Zachariah
Senior Specialist
MNAMS, DNB, MD, MBBS
Speciality
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Experience
6 Years
Hospital
Aster Medcity Kochi
Languages
English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu
Overview

A Physiatrist and Rehabilitation Physician with more than 4 years of experience, Dr. Zachariah T Zachariah is trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) – a specialised, therapeutic branch of medical science that helps enhance/ promote mobility and functional ability lost due to injury or illness, by restoring the use of muscles, bones and the nervous system, in patients of all ages. Trained extensively in advanced PMR Management , his area of special interest is Neurorehabilitation.

Area of expertise
  • Intra articular and soft tissue infiltrations
  • Nerve blocks
  • Motor point injections of alcohol, phenol and Botulinum toxin (Botox)
  • Electrophysiological studies – NCS and EMG
  • Urodynamic studies – CMG
  • Gait Analysis
  • Plaster of Paris (POP) casting and splinting
  • Physiotherapy Prescription
  • Occupational therapy Prescription
  • Prosthetic and Orthotics Prescription
Awards and recognitions

Member of:

  • Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IAPMR)
  • IAPMR Kerala State Chapter
  • Indian Medical Association (IMA)
  • Published research articles

Dr. Ann Noble Zachariah

Dr
Dr. Ann Noble Zachariah
Specialist
MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitatio, MBBS
Speciality
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Experience
2 Years
Hospital
Aster Medcity Kochi
Languages
English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil
Overview

A Physiatrist trained in all aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Ann Noble Zachariah’s areas of interest include improving functional abilities, mobility, and quality of life of patients with neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary disorders, and paediatric rehabilitation. She is a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, and an MBBS from Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. She is trained in the rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, entrapment neuropathies, diabetic foot management, spasticity, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy.

Area of expertise
  • Rehabilitation of:
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Entrapment neuropathies,
  • Diabetic foot management,
  • Spasticity
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Parkinsonism
  • Cerebral palsy

Dr. Sumalatha K B

Dr SUMALATHA K B
Dr. Sumalatha K B
Consultant - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
MBBS, MD, PGDGM
Speciality
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Experience
7 Years
Hospital
Aster CMI Bangalore
Overview

Dr. Sumalatha, with over seven years of experience, is specialized in providing comprehensive and evidence-based rehab care to patients of all ages (infants to elderly). She strives for holistic rehab in acute and subacute hospital units and in community settings. She has vast experience in handling differently-abled patients and patients with pain.

Her areas of interest are neuro rehab (traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, nerve injuries), pulmonary rehab (COPD, ILD) (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial lung disease), cardiac rehabilitation (Post MI, CABG) (Coronary artery bypass grafting), ortho rehab (osteoarthritis, soft tissue pain, post-op rehab), oncology rehabilitation (to manage patients post-surgery/post-radiation therapy), Pediatric rehab (cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, muscular dystrophy), amputee rehab (amputee care and prosthesis prescription), diabetic foot care, rheumatology rehab (arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis) and geriatric rehab (Balance related issues, Osteoporosis management).

She has rich knowledge and experience in using Botulinum toxin injection (with or without ultrasound-guided) for various neurological conditions. Dr. Sumalatha is an expert in handling Intra-articular injections, trigger point injection and specific peripheral nerve block to aid in the rehabilitation program.

Dr. Sumalatha has completed her MBBS training from Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur. Later, she pursued MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the Prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Area of expertise
  • She's specialized in providing comprehensive and evidence-based rehab care to patients of all ages (infants to elderly). Her areas of expertise are neuro rehab (traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, nerve injuries), pulmonary rehab (COPD, ILD), cardiac rehabilitation (Post MI, CABG), ortho rehab (osteoarthritis, soft tissue pain, post-op rehab), oncology rehabilitation (to manage patients post-surgery/post-radiation therapy), Pediatric rehab (cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, muscular dystrophy), amputee rehab (amputee care and prosthesis prescription), diabetic foot care, rheumatology rehab (arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis) and geriatric rehab (Balance related issues, Osteoporosis management).
  • She has rich knowledge and experience in using Botulinum toxin injection (with or without ultrasound-guided) for various neurological conditions. Dr. Sumalatha is an expert in handling Intra-articular injections, trigger point injection and specific peripheral nerve block to aid in the rehabilitation program.
Awards and recognitions
  • Gold Medal for best Paper presentation in IAPMR National Conference


Membership

  • Life Member of IAPMR (Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • Life Member of Indian Podiatry Association


Papers Published

  • Several publications in national and indexed journals

Dr. Palak Dengla

Dr. Palak Dengla
Dr. Palak Dengla
Chief Physiotherapist
MPT, BPT, CIMT
Speciality
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Experience
8 Years
Hospital
Aster RV Bangalore
Languages
English
Overview

Palak Dengla is the Chief Physiotherapist at Aster RV Hospital, JP Nagar, Bangalore. She is the Head of the Department of Physiotherapy. She is having 8 years of experience in this field. She is a Manipal Hospitals alumnus and has a varied experience of treating Musculoskeletal pain, Stroke cases, Cardiac patients, Women’s health (ANC 2 PNC).

She is an expert in Pilates, Yoga therapy and a Pro Physiotherapist. She has worked across one of the best Multispeciality hospitals across Mumbai and Bangalore. Prior to this, she had 2 clinics in Bangalore.

She was working as a Senior Physiotherapist at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, Nanavati Hospital, Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai. She has a vast experience in Ergonomics corrections, Frozen shoulders, Neck and Back Pain, Arthritis, etc.

She has had the opportunity to heal many of the Bollywood celebrities and Sportsmen.

Dr. Nitesh Shelar

Dr Nitish Shelar-1
Dr. Nitesh Shelar
Consultant - Physiotherapist
B.P.TH
Speciality
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Experience
8 Years
Hospital
Aster Aadhar Kolhapur
Languages
English, Hindi, Marathi
Overview

Dr. Nitish Shelar has done his Bachelor in Physiotherapy from Rajiv Gandhi University, Banglore and certification in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapy.

He has a keen interest and expertise in Managing ICU Therapies and pulmonary rehabilitation. He is also at the forefront of managing post-Covid pulmonary rehabilitation at Aster Aadhar Kolhapur.

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