Physiotherapy is a health profession that assesses and provides treatment to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function throughout life. This includes providing treatment in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.
Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and social well being. It involves the interaction between physiotherapist, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physiotherapist.
Physiotherapists use an individual’s history and physical examination to arrive at a functional diagnosis and establish a management plan and, when necessary, incorporate the result of laboratory and imaging studies. Electrodiagnostic testing (Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity) may also be of assistance.
Physiotherapy has many specialties including musculo-skeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, paediatrics , women’s health, industrial to name some of the common areas.
Introduction of Department :-
The Physiotherapy Teaching & Treatment Centre, L.T.M.Medical College & General Hospital has been in existence since 1969 as an independent department of the Hopsital. It used to cater to the patients in various speciality areas even then.
Since 1981 the department started admitting students for the masters’ in Physical therapy course, then affiliated to University of Mumbai, with Prof.(Mrs.) Bharati V. Bellare.
In 1990, the first batch of students was admitted for the Bachelor’s course in Physical Therapy, affiliated to University of Mumbai, under the able guidance of Prof. (Mrs.) Bellare. Since then the department has never looked back. It is now considered as one of the prime esteemed institutes in the field of Physiotherapy education in the entire nation.