LinkPhysio is started by Saurab Sharma which is an initiative to improve evidence based practice, share recent knowledge with physiotherapists and physiotherapy students in Nepal and other developing countries. This website will also encourage active participation of physiotherapists and students in writing evidence based articles to share with all. The topics covered in the website will focus especially on topics relevant to clinical practices in physiotherapy and also cover curriculum requirements of undergraduate and post-graduate physiotherapy. Here are some of the presentation slides of teaching and conference presentations in slideshare.

Saurab completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2008 and after working for 3 years as a physiotherapy teaching assistant and a physiotherapist at the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences and Dhulikhel Hospital respectively, he started his Master of Physiotherapy (Orthopedics, with Manual Therapy as Elective) from at Manipal University in 2011 and completed in 2013. He worked for another additional 3+ years in the same institution as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy and after being promoted to Assistant Professor, he joined PhD at School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand under the supervision of Dr. J Haxby Abbott in February 2017.

He is a member of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and Cochrane Back and Neck Review Group. He is an active pain and outcome measure researcher. He has served as an advisor to Nepal Physiotherapy Association (NEPTA) and an active subject committee member to Physiotherapy at Nepal Health Professional Council (NHPC). He has presented papers and delivered keynote talks in 10 countries in reputed conferences in Physiotherapy, Manual Therapy and Pain. Likewise, he has won numerous prizes, awards, bursaries and grants.

Research Interests:
– Cross-cultural comparisons of psycho-social factors in pain.
– Interventions to address mind and body for various musculoskeletal pain disorders particularly spinal pain and knee pain.
– Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of self-reported outcome measures to Nepali and its implementation in Nepalese population.
– Systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Peer reviewed publications:
Sharma, S., Pathak, A., Jensen, M.P. Words that describe chronic musculoskeletal pain:Implications for assessing pain quality across cultures. Journal of Pain Research. Volume 9,November 16, 2016. 1057-1066
Sharma, S., Shrestha, N., and Jensen, M.P. (2016). Pain-related factors associated with lostwork days in nurses with low back pain: A cross-sectional study. Scandinavian Journal of Pain 11,36-41.
Sharma S., Balthillaya G, Rao R, Mani R. Short-term effectiveness of neural sliders and neural
tensioners as an adjunct to static stretching of Hamstrings on knee extension angle in healthy
individuals: A randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther Sport. 2016 Jan;17:30-7.
doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.03.003. Epub 2015 Mar 17. (PEDro score for quality assessment = 8/10)
Invited Editorial- Nepal Physiotherapy Association (Reed D, Shakya N, Pokhrel S, Sharma S.)
The Role of Physical Therapists in the Medical Response Team Following a Natural Disaster: Our
Experience in Nepal. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015;45(9):644-646.doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.0108
Acharya RS., Khadgi B., Shakya NR., Adhikari SP., Basnet SMS., Sharma S., Webb G., Saleh
OS. Physiotherapy awareness among clinical doctors in Nepal. Journal of Institute of Medicine.
Aug 2011, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p1-15. 15p.

Published Abstracts:
Sharma S, Cleland J. Effect of tensioner neural mobilization on the flexibility of contralateral lower
extremity. Manual Therapy. 25.e118. September 2016.
Sharma S, Nepal G.M., Khadgi B, Acharya R.S. Physiotherapist’s role in a disaster situation- An
experience of Nepal earthquake 2015. Manual Therapy. 25.e113. September 2016.
Sharma S, Jensen M.P. The words people use to describe chronic pain: A cross-cultural
comparison. Journal of Pain. 17 (4): S7. April 2016.
Sharma S, Balthillaya G, Rao R, Mani R. Effectiveness of neural sliders and neural tensioners as
an adjunct to static stretching on hamstrings flexibility: A randomized controlled trial.
Physiotherapy. 101:E1372 · MAY 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.1311

Other non-indexed publications:
What pain-related factors are associated with lost work days in nurses? – published
in www.bodyinmind.org. 18th October, 2016.
Neural mobilization improves hamstring flexibility. Published in Anatomy and Physiotherapy. 8th July, 2016
A view of pain from Nepal – published in www.noijam.com. 5th September, 2015

Grants, Awards and Honors:
1. May 2015 – Receiver of International Association for Study of Pain (IASP) collaborative research grant with Dr. Mark P Jensen, Professor at University of Washington, Seattle in 2015.
2. March 2015 – First Prize on Poster Presentation at PainAdelaide Conference 2015 held at Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
3. September 2014 – Developing country stipend for attending “Cochrane Colloquium” in Hyderabad.
4. September 2012 – First Prize on Poster Presentation- Title “Cervicogenic headache and Physiotherapy Management” on free poster presentation competition organized by Department of Physiotherapy, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University on the occasion of World Physiotherapy Day, held on 8th September 2012

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