From Left to Right: Mrs. RuchikaMPT, Mrs. Sunita GNM, Mr. Devan MOT, Mrs. Rupinder BPT, Dr. Yeshveer Singh MBBS, DNB, Dr. Santhosh Mathangi MBBS,MD, Mr. Ravi DOPT, Miss. Aruna BSc, Mr. Nagender DOPT, Dr. VijayalakshmiMD, Mrs. Mullai MPT
Welcome to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (Punjab) which was started in 2008. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a branch of modern (allopathic) system of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. The PMR Specialist doctor is called 'Physiatrist' and he/she treats patients with holistic approach. Team of professionals which include a Physiatrist (PMR) as a team leader, Rehab nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist, Psychologist, Prosthetist, Orthotist, Social Worker, Vocational Counselor, Peer counselor, etc. Patients and their relatives are also part of rehabilitation team and involved in treatment goal setting. PMR specialty emphasizes on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients who experience limitations in function resulting from any disease process, injury or symptom. The goal is to restore optimal function in all spheres of life including surgical, medical (physical, mental, psychological domains), social, emotional and vocational dimensions. The services offered are related to musculoskeletal problems, traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, spinal cord injury (SCI), acute and chronic pain management, rehabilitation of amputees, work related injuries, orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, spinal dysraphism, various rheumatological problems, metabolic bone diseases and haemophilia etc. Since 2010, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana has been involved in operating children who are physically challenged under the Project SarvaSikshaAbhayan (SSA). Dr. Santhosh Mathangi, Associate Professor & Head has successfully operated more than 750 cases of deformity correction and tendon releases and also did rehabilitation of more than 2500 physically challenged children conservatively. Children with disability come from various parts of Punjab. Their complete assessment is done by a team of professionals, after which potential children undergo deformity correction surgically. Subsequently these children shifted to Hambran Rehabilitation center (a unit of CMC Hospital) for 8-10 weeks of intense Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy after which they are able to walk independently with or without orthosis and perform activities of daily living in order to make life better for both patients and parents.Miss Slonikaur (SSA State Project Director Punjab) says that she is quite satisfied with the kind of services provided by Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. We surgically corrected pressure sores for many Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients either by flap surgery or skin grafts. We are providing Calipers and Wheelchair free of cost to our poor patients and to some at subsidized rates. We are providing both upper and lower limb Prosthesis to different amputees. We are running special Musculoskeletal (MSK) – rehabilitation clinic for those patients who are disabled due to acute and chronic pain. In this clinic we are with Low back pain, Shoulder, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain, Tennis elbow, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Rheumatological problems, Neuropathic pain, etc. We are also taking care of stroke rehabilitation along with department of Neurology.We are part of Hemophilic Arthropathy rehabilitation with department of Haematology. We are able to achieve all this with God’s grace and guidance and support from our Director Dr. Abraham G Thomas.