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Physiotherapy in VIVO Animal Research- A Changing perspective

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Dr.Prathap Suganthirababu, Professor & Vice principal, Saveetha College of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Science, Chennai

Animal research is essential to understand the complex biological mechanisms, pathways at various levels of molecules, cells, organs and physiological processes in both healthy and unhealthy states. India has a greater demand for animal research in physiotherapy field.

Lasers have been used in physiotherapy for over 30 years and are now widely used to treat a variety of ailments, such as non-healing wounds and inflammatory tissue responses. Low level lasers have become popular due to their positive effects, and are now considered to be a very safe device. Uncertainty surrounds the bimolecular mechanism behind the therapeutic effects of electrotherapy.

Saveetha college of physiotherapy, SIMATS,Chennai offers clinical training in laser therapy and Prof.Dr.Prathap Suganthirababu team at the department of neurological physiotherapy have conducted numerous studies on human, vitro and animal studies to understand how laser emitted photons interact with biological structures and has standardized effects on pain and inflammation, biological tissue and nerve regeneration. The results of these studies are both promising and subtle. It enlightens the researcher’s vision that laser can modulate inflammation in dose-dependent ways and has been shown to be effective in reducing acute inflammation in clinical environments.

Prof.Dr.Prathap Suganthirababu, Saveetha college of Physiotherapy has expertise knowledge in conducting animal research with their in house well equipped BRULAC research laboratory facilities. He has studied the effectiveness of low level laser therapy on improving the motor activities in diabetic neuropathy induced rat model. The study has proven the beneficial effects of low level laser therapy on motor recovery at various dosages.These findings would be helping to treat diabetic neuropathy and peripheral nerve damage patients by providing better understanding of its biomolecular reaction as well as predicting any change or possible ill effects, hence it could be furtherly applied in human trials for the benefit of human community. Thus the efficacy of therapeutic laser could be considered as the need of the hour therapeutic perspective to be addressed among researchers handling diabetic neuropathy patients.

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