Best Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Hospital in Kerala | Aster Medcity

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department at Aster Medcity offers a wide range of services to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life in people with physical impairments/ disabilities of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. The expert PMR team at Aster led by Physiatrists (doctors who have specialised training in this subspeciality) provides high quality, evidence-based care including physiotherapy and rehabilitative services with a multidisciplinary approach, in patients of all ages. The patient’s family is made an integral part of the treatment process to ensure the best possible outcome.


Dr. K M Mathew

Senior Consultant

K m mathew

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.


CESR in Rehab Medicine (General Medical Council, United Kingdom), DNB in PMR (National Board of Examinations, New Delhi) | DPMR (Govt. Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Stanley Medical College, Chennai)​

Worked as​

Consultant, Clinical Director, Associate Specialist - Specialised Rehabilitation Services Directorate, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.​

Senior Consultant, Rehabilitation Medicine, St Stephen’s Hospital, New Delhi​

​Chief Medical Hospital, Valliammai Achi Hospital, Kulasekharam, Tamil Nadu

Consultant, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Christian Medical College, Vellore​


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.​

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Tamil, Hindi


Dr. Zachariah T Zachariah

Senior Specialist


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.


MNAMS (National Academy of Medical Sciences) | DNB (National Board of Examinations) | MD (Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (MOSC Medical College, Kolencherry)


Trained in:

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

Worked in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, JIPMER, Pondicherry

Member of:

Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IAPMR)

IAPMR Kerala State Chapter

Indian Medical Association (IMA)

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu



Led by trained Physiatrist/ PM&R Physicians, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Aster Medcity offers advanced services for promoting mobility and functional ability lost due to injury or illness, by restoring the use of muscles, bones and the nervous system. The comprehensive therapy programmes here for pain management help enhance the ability to perform everyday tasks and improve one’s quality of life.

Specialised Services

Physical Therapy/ Physiotherapy

Treatment Modalities

  • Laser
  • Partial Weight Supported Treadmill Training (Maxisky Support)
  • Interferential Therapy (IFT)
  • Ultrasound Therapy (UST)
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Vacuum Therapy

Pain Management

Holistic pain management therapies for patients with chronic pain | Combination of physical modalities and techniques to decrease pain, increase activity levels and improve quality of life

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Treatment modes/ therapies for management of muscle and skeletal injuries and disorders | Rehabilitation services for patients who have undergone fracture surgery, joint replacement, neck and lower back disorders and those with disabilities, including amputees

Neuro Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation therapies for patients with brain, spine and central nervous system injuries/ disorders that affect functional abilities (sensory, motor, cognitive and behaviour) - vestibular dysfunction and balance disorders, spine and spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, concussion, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease

Ergonomics & Posture Correction / Training

Assessment and correction of bad posture, weight bearing and associated pain | Posture clinic on all Tuesdays at Aster@SmartCity, Kakkanad

Rheumatological Rehabilitation

Customised rehabilitation services with focus on prevention of functional disorders of the musculoskeletal system, maintaining movement / working ability and avoiding care dependency | Physical therapy that help perform daily activities, improve strength, flexibility and movement of joints, muscles and reduce pain, stiffness

Sports Rehabilitation

Assessment and customised exercise plan / treatment strategy for clinical management of injuries, injury prevention | Therapeutic / psychological support for faster return to play and for achieving desired level of performance

Orthotic & Prosthetic Management

Assessment and Physiatrist care for patients who require orthotic / prosthetic support

Hand Rehabilitation

Comprehensive hand rehabilitation after fracture, tendon injury, nerve injury, amputation, including management of wounds / scars

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation sessions on every Tuesday and Friday, in association with the Pulmonology department | Regular chest physiotherapy services for IP / OPD patients |

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy for management for wide variety of cardiopulmonary disorders | Pre & post cardiac surgery rehabilitation

Women’s Health Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation therapies for women – child-birth, post-partum, gynaecological problems, lymphedema, osteoporosis, pelvic pain, prenatal and post-partum periods, urinary incontinence | Management of pelvic floor dysfunction| Regular prenatal and antenatal sessions

Incontinence Management

Therapies including biofeedback, pelvic floor muscle exercises, bladder retraining to manage incontinence (incapability to hold urine) and restore continence and healthy bladder habits

Paediatric Rehabilitation

Specialised, multidisciplinary therapies for improving functional abilities of children and adolescents following major illness, injury or medical procedure | Trained therapists for congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal disorders and diseases in infants, children and adolescents

Geriatric Rehabilitation

Customised rehabilitation plans for improving quality of life, prevention of falls and other complications due to pre-existing morbidities in the elderly.

Lymphoedema Rehabilitation

Customised, evidence-based treatment protocol for management of lymphoedema under the guidance of Physiatrist | Therapies for post-surgical mastectomy, filariasis / elephantiasis, infection, cancer, radiation and pregnancy

Burns & Plastic Surgery Rehabilitation

Customised rehabilitation plans for minimising post-traumatic effects, contracture development and impact of scarring | Improving functional ability / independence, wellbeing and social integration

Podiatry & Amputation Rehabilitation

Assessment and comprehensive rehabilitation of upper / lower limb amputees, including prosthetics , to help return to normal life

Weight Reduction

Customised weight loss plans combining physical activity and therapies in people of all ages

Transplant Rehabilitation

Holistic care for rehabilitating patients who have undergone solid organ / cell transplant

Palliative Care & Rehabilitation

Customised rehabilitation plans that focus on pain and symptom management and improving quality of life in patients undergoing cancer treatment

Home Care Physiotherapy Services

Expert rehabilitation services provided at the patient’s home

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

Services that focus on enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities (including their families), meeting basic needs and ensuring inclusion and active participation | Multisectoral strategy for empowering the disabled |