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Q. What Is a Physiotherapist?

A. In India, universities offer 4 ½ years of Bachelor in Physiotherapy program. Further, a 2 year Masters Postgraduate ( MPT or MSc or MSPT) education is offered for specialization. The combination of electives varies among various universities within India and overseas.Manual Therapy (Manipulative Physiotherapy), Sports Physiotherapy is either offered in a single Postgraduate program or as separately.Specialist Certificate or Post Graduate Certificate or Post Graduate Diploma or Integrated Doctoral in Physical Therapy (DPT) or PhD are also offered.
BADRINATH PRATHI holds 4 1/2 year B.P.T. degree from Kasturba Medical College / MCOAHS, Manipal. Since,2002 BADRINATH PRATHI has been clinically specializing in Musculoskeletal Manipulative Therapy & Sports. 


Q. What is Physiotherapy?

 A. According to Indian Association of Physiotherapists -

Physiotherapy means physiotherapeutic system of medicine which includes examination, treatment, advice and instructions to any person preparatory to or for the purpose of or in connection with movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, physical disorder, disability, healing and pain from trauma and disease, physical and mental conditions using physical agents including exercise, mobilization, manipulation, mechanical and electrotherapy, activity and devices or diagnosis, treatment and prevention However, various other health professionals e.g., Chiropractic, Osteopathy) use some physical therapeutic methods. A program of physical therapy will typically involve caregivers. 

PT's utilize an individual's history and physical examination in diagnosis and treatment, and if necessary, will incorporate the results of laboratory and imaging studies. Electro diagnostic testing (e.g. electro myo grams and nerve conduction velocity testing) may also be of assistance. PTs practice in many settings, such as outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, homes, education or research centers, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities.


Q.  Do I need a referral?

A.  Badrinath Prathi is a first contact practitioner since his starting of his clinical practice in 2002. No referral is required for patients to see any of our health professionals at this clinic. In the presence of Red Flags the patient is referred to appropriate Medical Specialist. We do accept referrals from Medical Specialists and fellow Physiotherapists for specialist treatment . The patient is referred back once Physiotherapy treatment is completed.


Q.  Should I see a Doctor, Physiotherapist?

 A. If you require professional guidance kindly contact the clinic  or email to Or dial 9711851230 to reach our Physiotherapist Badrinath Prathi.


Q.  What is the difference between a General Medicine Doctor and a Sports Physician Doctor?

 A. General Practitioner is trained in all areas of Medicine with good knowledge and ability to deal with general injuries.  A Sports Medicine Doctor has undergone additional postgraduate training to accurately diagnose and coordinate management of Medical illnesses in Sports, Acute or Chronic Musculoskeletal or Sports injuries.  These injuries can involve muscles, bones, joint, ligaments, cartilage and nerves in any area of the body. Sports Physician has primary and major role to play. 


Q. What tests can a Physiotherapist prescribe?

 A. Physiotherapists at Aum Badrinath Dental & Physiotherapy Clinic can arrange an x-ray, Diagnostic ultrasound or MRI scan  if required.   


Q. Can a Physiotherapist prescribe medication?

 A. No, A Physiotherapist cannot prescribe any prescription medications.At  Aum Badrinath Dental & Physiotherapy clinic, Physiotherapists do not prescribe any prescription medications. The Physiotherapist does not give advice or suggestions whether to continue or stop the medications.The patient  needs  to consult  a Medical Specialist or  Sports Doctor or Orthopaedic Surgeon.  


Q. What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

 A. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine which is based on energy lines known as MERIDIANS within the body and 'chi'.  Professional University or College Training   is necessary to perform this type of treatment. This insertion points of the fine needles can vary depending on the condition being treated and are not always in close proximity to the area of pain.Dry Needling uses the same needles as Acupuncture, however focuses on particular trigger points or knots within the muscles.  It is very beneficial for treating tight muscles or can give relief when experiencing high levels of pain. The needles are usually inserted very close to the site of pain. Excellent prior knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal anatomy is a pre requisite.