An Interview with Krishna Sharma- The Multi-talented physiotherapist

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

It gives me immense pleasure to bring to you the first issue of our sixth consecutive volume and 31st issue in a row. It has been a truly gratifying journey over the past five years and we thank you for your unabating encouragement and incessant readership. The cover feature is an interview with Dr. Krishna Sharma, a versatile physio in his early thirties, who has achieved several milestones through his exemplary work in the field as an accomplished author, researcher, academician and clinician. His success is a case in point for many young physios apprehensive about their future in the field. In this issue we bring to you a range of topics that not only focuses on different clinical conditions or their physiotherapy management but also addresses some of the pressing issues facing physiotherapy profession in India like that of “Dr” Prefix, “Physios being different from paramedics”, “Autonomous Practice in PT”, “Evidence Based Practice” etc. We have also started an interactive column “Creative Corner” with this issue where Matthew J Taylor, the editor of the forthcoming book “Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation” would orient you on the need for creativity in physiotherapy. Starting this issue, there would be a series of two articles on “Treatment Adherence” that remains a major bottleneck in getting desired prognosis in physiotherapy.

Another fascinating observation you might make as you read further is about the diversity of author’s who have contributed their expertise. On one hand we have Kathy Burgland, the Director of Post professional Degree Program, Andrews University, USA who discusses a case report on TMJ and on the other hand we have Pallavi Wakode, an MPT student, who discusses the need for CBR. We have Tanzila Potia, a Clinical & Research Physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University, UK talking on treatment adherence and we have Vivek Shrivastava, Gourav Banerjee and Ketan Bhatikar, the young brigade of physios expressing their views on critical issues of importance. With such multifariousness, I can humbly submit that “PHYSIOTIMES is truly becoming a platform for, of and by physiotherapists irrespective of their age, experience or the place they belong.” Most importantly, In the issue we have announced a “Story Writing competition” based on a given picture. So make sure that you bring out the author in you and participate as there are exciting prizes to be won too! The word maze too provides you an opportunity to challenge your mind and win yourself a prize. Last but not the least, I also take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy” World Physiotherapy Day” that falls on 8th sept 2014. I am sure you all must have planned some or the other activity to mark the occasion. Do share your stories of the day’s Celebration with us and we would be happy to publish them in our next issue.

CASE IN POINT: Airway obstruction As A Causative Agent For Temporomandibular Joint Pain - DR. KATHY BERGULAND

AbstractA 15 year old boy was referred to direct access physical therapy with a complaint of left tempromandibular joint (TMJ) pain for approximately 3-4 months.  Upon examination, a slight loss of range of motion (ROM) upon opening was observed.  A slight “C” curve produced upon opening indicated the presence of muscular hypertonus.  Upon palpation, the patient was found to have evidence of painful hypertonus in the left masseter and ... Read More

PHYSIO SPEAKS: Interview with a Multitalented Physiotherapist Donning Many Hats - KRISHNA SHARMA

Dr. Krishna N. Sharma  - an Author researcher educator and entrepreneur is a multifaceted young physic who has done proud to the field of physiotherapy in india by donning many hats, playing each role with a penchant for excellence. Dr. Krishna has to his credit, three worldrecords for writing over acentury of bookson various topics of interest ranging from physiotherapy techniques, acupressure and acupuncture to Hindi poetry. This young prolific author has written 102 b... Read More

FEATURE ARTICLE: Treatment Adherence- The Unsolved Mystery - TANZILA POTIA

Concept of adherence to physiotherapy- Adherence has been defined as: ‘‘the extent to which a person’s behavior corresponds with agreed recommendations from a healthcare provider’’ (WHO, 2003). Within physiotherapy, the concept of adherence is multi-dimensional (Kolt et al., 2007) and could relate to attendance at appointments, following advice, undertaking prescribed exercises, frequency of undertaking prescribed exercise, correct performance of exercises or doi... Read More

VIEWPOINT: Developing Informed Practicing Culture To Revive Physiotherapy Profession In India - GOURAV BANNERJEE

It would be rather redundant stating present problems and future apprehensions related to physiotherapy (PT) profession and professionals (PTs) in India. Ever blossoming number of substandard PT institutions and student admissions, lack of professional statutory and governing body(ies) and poor professional practicing regulations and ineptitudes have meant that the dignity, importance and recognition of this profession is on the wane. We have been ruing, whining, complaining for decades now. ... Read More

CREATIVE CORNER: The Creative Physiotherapist - MATTHEW TAYLOR

So who is the creative physiotherapist? Why you of course! Historically creativity has been relegated to the artist, the lone genius in the lab or entertainment superstars. The creativity we will explore may include some innovators of new techniques and programming, but our primary focus will be on what is described as “ordinary creativity.” As our society moves faster and becomes more complex, our ability to adapt, reflects, and adapt again is a capacity that requires development... Read More

FRANKLY SPEAKING: Respect For Physiotherapy- Demand It Or Command It? - DR. VIVEK SHRIVASTAVA

Today, different individuals from different forums of health profession are debating upon the dignity, importance and contribution  of  Physiotherapy in the arena of Health care.From the core of the heart, a heartfelt gratitude is conveyed to all the health professionals who are raising such questions.For; if; such questions were not raised, the contribution of physiotherapy  would have gone unnoticed ,as it has been going on from the past.

Despite very clear definiti... Read More

THE SPOTLIGHT: Dignity For Physios- Prefix"Dr." Suffix "Pt" - DR. KETAN BHATIKAR

Physiotherapists are a part of the health care team that includes physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and other ancillary services. Every day thousands of patients in India and across the globe receive the services of a physiotherapist for some or the other health problem. The variety of patients treated by a therapist may vary in age from a new born to the elderly across different social strata. Most clinical settings where physios provide care predomin... Read More

NARRATIVE: Caught the CBR Virus - PALLAVI S WAKODE

Well I will start with myself, I have a special love towards elderly and I was always fascinated towards geriatric care and even towards occupational health and always wanted to do my postgraduate in ‘’Community Based Rehabilitation”(CBR). So; here I am to my dream place and dream specialty. It was by CHOICE and not by option.

Negative are the weak, It is easy to stay back and complain, they say Ignorance is bliss, But I think we need to change this.........

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MARKETING MANTRA: Target Marketing- The Secret to Marketing Success - ERIKLA TRIMBLE

Often when private practice owners are presented with the strategy of marketing to a specific niche or target group, they are resistant. They are afraid they’ll lose clients or miss opportunities to get more clients if they narrow in on a specific group of people.

The great advantages you will realize when you target market:

• Focusing on a specific target audience allows you to concentrate your marketing efforts and resources in one area and th... Read More

CLINICAL UPDATE: Trioflam DRR: A Herbal Wonder For Pain Relief - CADILA PHARMACEUTICALS LTD.

INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis is an abnormality of the synovial joints characterized by softening, splitting and fragmentation of the articular cartilage not attributable to direct contact with inflammatory tissue. Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic joint condition in individuals over 65 years of age. Osteoarthritis accounts for 69 % of rheumatological disorders.

EPIDEMIOLOGY: As the age advances, the prevalence of osteoarthritis is also on the rise. Prevalence of osteoarthrit... Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Physiotherapy in Community Health & Rehabilitation - Waqar Naqvi

Written in concise, simple, classified and illustrative manner to cover up maximum curriculum for better understanding and application.  Text is supported with illustrations in form of diagrams, pie charts, pictures for better understanding and knowledge. Fully updated with recent advances in current health and safety legislation. The book is specifically designed for the undergraduates, postgraduates and physiotherapy professionals. Also valuable to clinical physiotherapists especially ... Read More

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