Dr Praveen Kumar

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About me

Praveen Kumar is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.  Praveen completed his BSc Physiotherapy from Mangalore University, India in 1995 and joined Apollo Multi-speciality Hospital, Hyderabad to work as a clinical physiotherapist. In 1998, Praveen went to Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh to pursue his Master in Physiotherapy. After gaining his masters, Praveen worked in India as a Vice-Principal at the Swantara Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, AP and then as Principal (in-charge) at the College of Physiotherapy, Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital, Hyderabad. Praveen joined UWE in 2003 as lecturer / Senior lecturer in physiotherapy.  Praveen completed his PhD from UWE in 2012.  Currently, Praveen is the Board member for Publication and Knowledge Dissemination, ACPIN, Editor for Synapse - Oficial Journal of ACPIN. 

Area of expertise

My research interests lies in stroke rehabilitation and includes upper limb problems (shoulder pain, subluxation, weakness), physical activity, group exercises, telerehabilitation and robotics in rehabilitation.
Hemiplegic Shoulder pain (HSP) and Glenohumeral Subluxation (GHS): I have been involved in the development of assessment approaches for HSP and GHS.
Upper Limb rehabilitation: includes special interest in the assessment and management of upper limb impairments in people with stroke. To explore the effects of Lycra Sleeve on GHS, we conducted a series of studies that have been published in peer-reviewed international journals.  We currently aim to investigate the effects of Lycra sleeve on upper limb function
In collaboration with Bristol Robotics Laboratory, we are investigating the effects of wearable sensors embedded in Lycra sleeve on upper limb function in people with stroke.

Telerehabilitation - Development of remote based interventions to improve functional independence and enhance physical activity in people with stroke.

Bristol Robotics Laboratory: Care at Home using Intelligent Robotic Omni-functional Nodes (CHIRON) and Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) projects.
Physical Activity: To improve health and wellbeing of people with stroke from the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community


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