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Dr. Ali Irani 
Head of Physiotherapy


Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai

‘A physician can add years to your life but physiotherapy adds life to your years.’


The name Dr. Ali Irani is synonymous with Physiotherapy in India with decades of academic and clinical experience. 

He is currently the Head of the Department for Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai. He is also the International Affairs Chairperson for the Indian Association of Physiotherapists as well as the Principal of NMIMS University. He is a celebrity physiotherapist and works with the Who’s Who of Bollywood & Reality Shows too.

Dr. Ali Irani has been a speaker at various national and international conferences on Physiotherapy and Wellness. He has conducted workshops on Innovative Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine at various physiotherapy and medical colleges.

Further, he is  a recipient of the prestigious “HITRA ORATION” Award in 1994 for achievements made in the field of Physiotherapy.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Association of Physiotherapy in 2004, fellowship by IAP & Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM).


Question 1: Can you explain the concept of neuroplasticity and how it applies to rehabilitation?

Answer: Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganize itself. In rehabilitation, we leverage this by introducing targeted exercises and activities to enhance neural connections, aiding in motor learning and recovery.

Question 2: What are some common misconceptions about physiotherapy, and how do you address them with your patients?

Answer: Misconceptions include thinking physiotherapy is only for post-injury recovery. I address these by emphasizing the preventive and holistic aspects of physiotherapy, promoting overall wellness.

Question 3: How would you describe your treatment philosophy and approach?

Answer: My treatment philosophy is patient-centered, focusing on identifying the root cause of issues and tailoring evidence-based interventions. I believe in empowering patients through education and collaboration for sustainable results.

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