Mumbai: First-of-its-kind, Maharashtra doctor treats turtle through physiotherapy

The Turtle treatment and wildlife Transit Centre in Dahanu have successfully treated an Oliver Ridley turtle


  • The turtle was found injured at Vasai. It had injured his right leg and was unable to walk.
  • The doctors at the Turtle treatment and wildlife Transit Centre treated the turtle through animal physiotherapy.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Dinesh Vinhalkar said, “The turtle was brought to our treatment centre as he was injured. The turtle was anaemic and due to the injury, he was unable to move. He could barely move his feet, and could not swim properly. So, we decided to treat him with the help of physiotherapy.”

Dr Dinesh further said, “When we examined him thoroughly, we got to know that he had not fractured his leg, but, there was a muscle injury. After the physiotherapy, his condition is not improving, and within 10-15 days we will release him back into the sea. This could be the first time, in which a turtle has been treated through physiotherapy in India.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Manasi Pawar, a consultant Physiotherapist from Pune, said, “Just as humans can be treated with the help of physiotherapy. Even animals can from physiotherapy. The only hurdle is that since animals cannot speak it is difficult to identify the source of their pain and where they are feeling it in their body.”