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Dr Mugdha Kolhatkar started Sunshine Physiotherapy consulting services in 1997 in Mumbai and she practiced in Mumbai till 2011.

Dr Mugdha is a dedicated and multifaceted gold medalist consulting Physiotherapist with 20 + years of experience. She is passed out in 1995 from Physiotherapy School and Centre – Government Medical College –Nagpur . She started her career in Holy Sprit Hospital , Mumbai .


She worked in Bombay Hospital,Breach Candy Hospital and Tata Cancer Hospital .After getting a good experience in these Hospitals ,she started her private Practice in 1997 . She practiced in Sanjivani Hospital, Andheri ,Mumbai and Kiran Care hospital, Andheri ,Mumbai till 2011. Dr Mugdha is a highly motivated, confident individual with exceptional multi-tasking and Organizational skills.


She is exceptionally skilled in diagnosis of the problems of the patients She communicates effectively and sensitively with patients to maximize the rehabilitation of patients and to ensure understanding of often complex clinical issues impacting on recovery.


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Both Knee Joint replacement rehabilitation :Full recovery in 5 weeks with Physiotherapy

Both Knee Joint replacement rehabilitation :Full recovery in 5 weeks with Physiotherapy

Sep 21, 2019
Dr. Mugdha

Both Knee Joint replacement rehabilitation :Full recovery in 5 weeks with Physiotherapy

It really feels great when your patients start living life independently doing all the activities of daily living and  exercises by themselves.A true and  real job satisfaction feeling for me as a physiotherapist.
Thanks Aunty for sharing this message. message  for kolhatkar mam

They say doctors are friends i dint believe it until now.
I did this long planned surgery of knee replacement about a month ago and went thru pain.

But now as i stroll in the park or go to a restaurant to dine i believe that its a miracle.
No more pain…The joy to walk again!

I found this newer me !
In this journey. Many loved ones helped me. U r one of it for sure.

Thanks for your help and support until now.
As we complete this bond ..
i promise to exercise and do all that u suggested me.

Ur alwaz invited for coffee and chats at my place!
Thanks stay in touch..

Sunita dixit

Sunita Aunty  had undergone total knee joint replacement surgery for both knees after suffering painful knee joint pain for more than a decade .
I started her physiotherapy treatment after she got discharged from the hospital.Day 1 knee flexion was only 20 degree and  she had flexion deformity.

Week One: Started with static knee exercises and passive exercises for both knees.
Within a week knee flexion was 90 degree and Aunty could do assisted active knee exercises.

Week Two:By 2 weeks we started active exercises in sitting and standing position.Gait training  was started to improve her walking style and eliminate the limp.

Week Three : After removal of stitches she  was more comfortable in climbing staircase and  walking around. In week three , I focused on quadriceps strengthening exercise and full range of motion (ROM) exercise for knee joint. Static Quadriceps and VMO  exercises frequency and repetition was increased. Hamstring stretching was helpful to correct knee flexion deformity.

Week Four: After 4 weeks, Aunty  was confident to do  Quadriceps  and hamstring  strengthening exercises, hip, knee and ankle joint exercises , staircase climbing and  gait without support.She could actively correct her flexion deformity and extend her knee with full range of motion.

Week Five: Sunita Aunty started walking without support. She was able to do daily activities of living and household chores on her own.

It was a pleasure to connect with a positive soul and such a cooperative person who followed physiotherapy treatment religiously.
She  is taking care of her 2 grandchildren now and  enjoying her retired life and  living pain free and independent life to the fullest.I am really glad to contribute my share  as physiotherapist in her journey towards living pain free life and enjoy every moment of life to the fullest.

Fitness Tips to enjoy trekking

Fitness Tips to enjoy trekking

Aug 11, 2018
Dr. Mugdha

Now a days youngsters are crazy about trekking rappelling and  all adventures
Most important thing to remember is prepare yourself mentally and  physically both for such adventures .

Nature is the best to be with
It helps us to rejuvenate
To find ourselves
and  most importantly gives us immense pleasure and peace

How to prepare for adventures?
If you are interested in trekking then first start warm up exercises for hands and legs
Start small walks and  gradually increase the distance .Always prefer to walk at same pace as it is very helpful if you are consistent with your speed .Avoid taking long breaks or intervals during walk.

Walking along slopes or hills too is very beneficial.Practice climbing hills with small backpack.It increases your endurance and stamina .

Breathing exercises helps to increase your stamina and endurance.Deep breathing exercises play a vital role.

Stretching exercises helps to reduce stiffness and tightness in muscles .Strengthening exercises for hip knee ankle back abdominal muscles and Shoulders are very helpful as you can enjoy trekking without any discomfort or pain .
Muscles which need to be strengthen are
◦ Quadriceps
◦ Hamstring
◦ Hip flexors
◦ Hip extensors
◦ Shoulder muscles
◦ Neck n back extensors
◦ Abdominal muscles
Stretching exercises should be done before and after exercises
Stretching exercises should be done pre and post trekking to release the tension and  stiffness in muscles
Stretching should be done for Quadriceps
Stretching for following muscles are necessary
◦Hamstring
◦Back and neck extensors
◦Shoulder muscles
◦Biceps and triceps


Case Study

Case Study

Feb 10, 2018
Dr. Mugdha

Knee joint Replacement Rehabilitation in 4 weeks

Parag was waiting at the door and he was worried as his mother did not open the door for long time .He opened the door by using his own key and asked his mother “What happened? Why didn’t you open the door?”

Vrinda Aunty replied” I can’t walk fast .I take time to get up from the bed .My knees are hurting badly.I am really tired of this knee pain. I can’t do cooking as I can’t stand for a long time. I feel very sad as I am totally home bound now.” That is when Parag decided to take his mom to Orthopedic Surgeon to understand about Total Knee Joint Replacement surgery (TKR).  Orthopedic Surgeon suggested to go for bilateral TKR and operated her both knees on the same day.

Post-surgery Parag called me to start her rehabilitation program.

Many times, patents are not given the clear idea about post-surgery pain and importance of Knee Joint replacement rehabilitation program, which plays a vital role in making the surgery successful.

Importance of Knee joint Replacement Rehabilitation Program:

Knee replacement rehabilitation is important for the patient, as it ensures complete recovery of the patient. Performing selected sets of exercises after total knee replacement surgery make the patients more flexible, increasing their muscle strength with mobility. With a physiotherapist providing guidance for an exercise program, recovery will be faster ensuring mobility. Strengthening exercises strengthen lower limbs and averts muscle mass loss. This helps patients to regain strength required for toileting, walking and for other activities.

When I met Vrinda aunty on 7th day after operation, her knees were bending only 30 degrees.I designed following program for her by considering her age, health, knee conditions and overall fitness.

Post operation Week Two   :I started with following exercises

  • Active ankle exercises
  • Static quadriceps
  • Active knee range of motion exercises
  • Passive knee bending
  • Assisted straight leg raising
  • Exercises in sitting
  • Gait training

Results:Knees were bending 90 degrees. Walking pattern (Gait) was improved .She could go down from staircase by support and sit in the car to go for suture (stiches) removal.

 Post operation Week three:Next week we focused on strengthening exercises

  • Knee hip strengthening exercises
  • Range of motion exercises for knee in prone , supine, lying and  sitting position
  • Backward knee bending in standing positions
  • Hip and knee exercises in standing
  • Gait training without support

Results: Knees were bending in 120 degrees and Vrinda Aunty could walk without support.

Post operation Week Four:In addition to variations in the exercises designed for week two and week three   , following exercise were added

  • Therband Exercises
  • Stair case Up and Down

Results:Knee flexion was more than 120 degrees. She was able to walk without walker confidently. She could climb staircase independently .Muscle strength was improved. She was able to do her day to day activities.

After 4 weeks:After 4th weeks, home exercise program was given to her to maintain the flexibility and mobility of knee and strengthen   lower limb muscles.

Vrinda Aunty returned to her native place –Nasik. She called me from Nasik to thank me when she started enjoying her evening walks with her friends. She was glad that she could offer her prayers to god by going to the temple .She was able to do her household chores on her own.

Vrinda Aunty  was  living her life to the fullest  and that was the most rewarding feeling for me.

Review from Vrinda Aunty’s daughter in Law: Poorva Gosavi:

“Dr Mugdha is excellent physiotherapist. My mother in law had surgery of both knees. Within a month, she is able to do all her work by her own .All credit goes to Dr Mugdha. She gave her tremendous confidence. She is friendly. I am really thankful to her n her team as well. Wish them all the best for future. Best physiotherapist I have ever seen. Thank you !!”

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