Dr. Karthik Babu S

Associate Professor



    Karthik Babu S is Associate Professor at the Department of Physiotherapy, SOAHS, Bangalore campus

    He is

    • Clinician, Educator and Researcher.
    • Teaches pediatric and adult neurological sciences in the Masters of Physiotherapy program
    • Clinical in-charge for masters of neurological physiotherapy and research coordinator.


Subject Semester / Year
Adult Neurological Physiotherapy First and second year
Pediatric Neurological Physiotherapy First and second year


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Bachelor of Physiotherapy The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai 2000
Master of Physiotherapy Neurosciences School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal 2006
Philosophy of Doctorate Trunk rehabilitation post stroke School of Allied Health Sciences 2017


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Kakatiya College of Physiotherapy, Andra Pradesh Assistant Professor Program coordinator for BPT August 2000 to August 2003
School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Tutor cum research student Post graduate & researcher July 2005 to July 2006
Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore Lecturer In charge for 3rd BPT November 2006 to July 2008
Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore Assistant Professor In charge for 4th BPT August 2008 to August 2012
School of Allied Health Sciences Assistant Professor-Selection Grade Research coordinator & Coordinator 1st MPT August 2012 to January 2017
School of Allied Health Sciences Associate Professor Coordinator 2nd MPT February 2017 to till date.


Area of Interest

His clinical expertise involved the assessment and habilitation of children with cerebral palsy and rehabilitation of people with stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s diseases and related neuromuscular and mind related disorders.

Area of Expertise

Karthik is a certified aquatic therapist in Clinical Ai Chi, Aqua T Relax, Bad Razag Ring Method (BRRM) and Water Specific Therapy – Halliwick from Association of International Aquatic Therapy Faculty (IAFA). He has completed advanced level 3B/4A in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) from International PNF Association (IPNFA). He underwent training on Movement Analysis and Educational Strategies (MAES) Therapy, UK. Karthik is a certified advanced NDT pediatrics and adult neuroscience therapist from Neuro Developmental Therapy Association (NDTA), Asia Pacific Bobath Instructors Association (APBIA) and International Bobath Instructors Training Association (IBITA). He has completed advanced training course on Prechtl’s Method on the Qualitative Assessment of General Movements from GM Trust, Austria. Karthik has an expertise in CranioSacral Therapy I & II (CST, Upledger Institute International, USA), fascial manipulation level I (Stecco L, Italy) and wheelchair service provision (International Society of Wheelchair Professionals).

Area of Research

Karthik’s major research interests are trunk training, physical activity, mobility training and hand functioning for people with stroke and Parkinson’s disease. He is currently working on development of participation questionnaire for children with cerebral palsy and establishing a play based motor skill training in children with developmental challenges.

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Professional Affiliations:

  • Membership of professional bodies:
  • Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy (IACP). Regd. No. LM26/PT/2014
  • Indian Association of Physiotherapy (IAP). Regd. No. L-32031
  • International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS). Regd. No. 1608
  • International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)
  • Indian Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation (IFNR) & World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR)


  • Best Lecturer award, Physiosummit 2015, IAP, Vellore Branch, Tamil Nadu.
  • Five best paper awards in international and national scientific conferences.
  • Presented thesis papers in World Congress for Neuro Rehabilitation ’18, ISACON 2014, Thiruvananthapuram, India, AOCPRC 2014, Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2013, Singapore.


  • Reviewer for the scientific papers submitted to PubMed, SCOPUS, and Web of Science indexed journals (10 in number).
  • Conducted symposium (2), workshops (10) and invited lectures (14) in conferences and health sciences institutions, India.

Effectiveness of mirror therapy on lower extremity motor recovery, balance and mobility in patients with acute stroke: A randomised sham-controlled pilot trial

2013-01-01 Mohan U Kumar KV Suresh BV Misri ZK

Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, Indian Academy of Neurology, 16, 634-9, 2013.

Efficacy of trunk regimes on balance, mobility, physical function and community reintegration in chronic stroke: A parallel-group randomized trial.

2018-01-01 Karthikbabu S Chakrapani M Ganesan S Ellajosyla R Solomon JM

J Stroke & Cerebrovascular Disease 2018;27(4):1003–1011.

Effects of pelvic stability on movement control, hip muscles strength, walking speed and daily activities after stroke. A randomized controlled trial

2018-01-01 Dubey L Karthikbabu S Mohan D

Annals of Neurosciences 2018;25(2):80-89.

Hand-held dynamometer is a reliable tool to measure trunk muscle strength in chronic stroke. An observational study

2017-01-01 Karthikbabu S Chakrapani M

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2017;11(9):YC09-YC12.

Trunk proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation influences pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength in a patient with pontine bleed

2017-01-01 Dubey L Karthikbabu S

Neurology India 2017;65(1): 183-184.

Relationship between pelvic alignment and weight bearing asymmetry in community dwelling chronic stroke survivors

2016-01-01 Karthikbabu S Chakrapani M Ganesan S Ellajosyula R

Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice 2016; 7(5):37-40.

Pelvic alignment in standing, and its relationship with trunk control and motor recovery of lower limb after stroke

2016-01-01 Karthikbabu S Chakrapani M Ganesan S Ellajosyla R

Neurology and Clinical Neuroscience 2016; 1–7.

Effectiveness of mirror therapy on lower extremity motor recovery, balance and mobility in patients with acute stroke: A randomized sham-controlled pilot trial

2013-01-01 Uthra Mohan Karthikbabu S K. Vijaya Kumar BV Suresh ZK Misri M. Chakrapani

Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology 2013;16:634-39.

A review on assessment and treatment of trunk in stroke: a need or luxury

2012-01-01 Karthikbabu S Chakrapani M Ganeshan S Rakshith KC Nafeez S Prem V

Neural Regeneration Research. 2012;7(25):1974-1977.

Study of nurses‟ knowledge about palliative care: A quantitative cross-sectional survey.

2012-01-01 Prem V Karvannan H Kumar SP Karthikbabu S Syed N

Indian Journal of Palliative Care 2012; 18:122-27.

Comparison of physio ball and mat trunk exercises regimens on trunk control and balance in acute stroke patients: A pilot randomized controlled trial

2011-01-01 Karthikbabu S Nayak A Vijayakumar K Misri ZK Suresh BV Ganesan S Joshua AM

Clinical Rehabilitation 2011;25(8):709-19.

Role of trunk rehabilitation on trunk control, balance and gait in patients with chronic stroke.

2011-01-01 Karthikbabu S Rao BK Manikandan N Solomon JM Chakrapani M Nayak A

Neuroscience and Medicine 2011;2:61-67.

Indian semi-classical Kathak and Bharatnatyam movements for balance confidence and quality of life in Parkinson’s disease: Pilot RCT

Koli J Karthikbabu S Mohan D

Platform presentation in World Congress for Neuro Rehabilitation 2018. Abstract published in Neural Repair Neurorehabil.

Holistic benefits of Indian semi-classical dance therapy in institutional children with Down syndrome.

Manasa Mohan D Karthikbabu S

Poster presentation in World Congress for Neuro Rehabilitation 2018. Abstract published in Neural Repair Neurorehabil.

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