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Aatik Arsh
PhD Student



Aatik Arsh joined the DiaDeM (Diabetes and Depression Multimorbidity) Programme as a PhD student in November 2021.

Aatik has a background in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. His current research examines the feasibility of combining Behavioural Activation with physical activity for the management of depression among adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Master of Physical Therapy (MSPT)



Aatik’s research interest includes physical activity interventions for the prevention and management of non communicable diseases and mental illnesses. In addition, he is also involved in research related to rehabilitation of Person with Disabilities.


  •  DiaDeM (Diabetes and Depression Multimorbidity)

Research group(s)


Selected publications

  • Ahmed A, Ibrar M, Arsh A, Wali S, Hayat S, Abass S. Comparing the effectiveness of Mulligan mobilization versus Cyriax approach in the management of patients with subacute lateral epicondylitis. JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association. 2021 ;71(1):12-5.
  • Daud SA, Rahman MU, Arsh A, Junaid M. Effect of balance training with Biodex Balance System to improve balance in patients with diabetic neuropathy: A quasi experimental study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences. 2021;37(2):389.
  • Ullah I, Zahid M, Jawad M, Arsh A. Assessment of DNA damage and oxidative stress among traffic conductors and coal miners. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences. 2021;37(2):499.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Iqbal M, Rahman MU, Ullah I, Khalid S. Effectiveness of manual therapy to the cervical spine with and without manual therapy to the upper thoracic spine in the management of non-specific neck pain; a randomized controlled trial. J Pak Med Assoc. 2020;70(3):399-403.
  • Arsh A, Anwar Z, Zeb A, Ilyas SM. Effectiveness of occupational therapy in improving activities of daily living performance in complete cervical tetraplegic patients; A quasi experimental study. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(2):96-99.
  • Ullah I, Arsh A, Zahir A, Jan S. Motor relearning program along with electrical stimulation for improving upper limb function in stroke patients: A quasi experimental study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences. 2020;36(7):1613.
  • Iqbal M, Arsh A, Hammad SM, Haq IU, Darain H. Comparison of dual task specific training and conventional physical therapy in ambulation of hemiplegic stroke patients: A randomized controlled trial. J Pak Med Assoc. 2020;70(1):7-10.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Zeb A, Ullah S, Ullah I, Ilyas SM. Employment status of person with disability in Government Departments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. Pak J Med Sci 2019;35(5):1392-1396.
  • Arsh A, Ullah I. Shoulder Pain and Disability Among Post Mastectomy Patients. Phys Med Rehab Kuror 2019;29(03):151-155.
  • Arsh A, Idrees S, Zafar N, Amin B, Ahad S. Neck Pain & Disability among School Teachers and its Association with Gender, Body Mass Index, Classes per Week and Method of Lecture Delivery. Phys Med Rehab Kuror. 2019. doi:10.1055/a-1010-6644.
  • Hammad SM, Arsh A, Iqbal M, Khan W, Bilal M, Shah A. Comparing the effectiveness of kaltenborn mobilization with thermotherapy versus kaltenborn mobilization alone in patients with frozen shoulder [adhesive capsulitis]: A randomized control trial. J Pak Med Assoc 2019; 69(10):1421-1424.
  • Jan S, Arsh A, Darain H, Gul S. A randomized control trial comparing the effects of motor relearning programme and mirror therapy for improving upper limb motor functions in stroke patients. J Pak Med Assoc 2019; 69(9):1242-1245.
  • Zeb A, Arsh A, Bahadur S, Ilyas SM. Spinal cord injury due to fall from electricity poles after electrocution. Pak J Med Sci 2019;35(4):1036-1039.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Zeb A, Ilyas Sm, Khalid S. Mortality and its associated factors in patients with spinal cord injuries at paraplegic center peshawar, pakistan. Khyber Med Univ J. 2019;11(2):71-74.
  • Fatima S, Arsh A, Daud M, Gohar M, Ahmad A, Shah AM. Upper Back Pain among Physical Therapy Students and Its Association with Gender, Body Mass Index, Study Hours and Use of cell Phones. Phys Med Rehab Kuror 2019;29(03):156-60.
  • Umar A, Kashif M, Zahid N, Sohail R, Arsh A, Raqib A, Zada P. The Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Work-Station Evaluation in Bank Employees. Phys Med Rehab Kuror 2019;29(02):99-103.
  • Zeb A, Arsh A, Bahadur S, Shah I, Ilyas SM. Functional recovery in patients with post traumatic spinal cord injuries: an outcome of gross mobility at Paraplegic Center Peshawar, Pakistan. Khyber Med Univ J 2019;11(1):17-20.
  • Zeb A, Arsh A, Bahadur, S. Ilyas, S. M. Effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in management of neuropathic pain in patients with post traumatic incomplete spinal cord injuries. Pak J Med Sci 2018;34(5):1177-80.
  • Darain H, Arsh A, Zeb A, Ilyas SM, Muhammad D, Khan MN. Epidemiology, clinical features and consequences of spinal cord injury in children. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2018;28(7):532-5.
  • Khan W, Arsh A, Hammad SM, Shah SA, Khan S, Haq A. Effectiveness of chest physical therapy in improving quality of life and reducing patient hospital stay in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Dow Uni Health Sci 2018;12(2):38-41.
  • Ali B, Arsh A, Khalil AA, Zahoor M. Prevalence of shoulder pain and adhesive capsulitis in post mastectomy patient. J Med Sci 2018;26(3):194-7.
  • Fatima S, Arsh A, Rahman N, Amanullah, Mahreen G, Ahmad A. Frequency and associated factors of knee and low back pain among adults with pes planus. J Dow Uni Health Sci. 2018; 12(3): 103-108.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Ilyas SM, Zeb A. Consequences of traumatic spinal cord injury during pregnancy in Pakistan. Spinal Cord Ser Cases 2017;3(1):17041-17044.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Haq ZU, Zeb A, Ali I, Ilyas SM. Epidemiology of spinal cord injuries due to bomb blast attacks, managed at paraplegic centre peshawar, pakistan: a nine years retrospective study. Khyber Med Univ J 2017;9(2):55-59.
  • Arsh A, Ali A, Ullah I, Darain H, Khan A, Zaidi MU, Shah I. Body Mass Index In Medical Students and its Association with Gender and Academic Year. Pak J Physiol 2017;13(3):18-21.
  • Khan AS, Shoaib M, Khan J, Darain H, Arsh A. Outcome of Chipping Method in Complex Non-Union of Long Bones. Journal of Islamabad Medical & Dental College 2017;6(3):121-124.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Muhammad D, Khan MN, Ilyas SM, Zeb A, et al. Factors responsible for readmissions to rehabilitation center following spinal cord injury. J Khy Coll Dent 2017;7(2):60-65.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Ilyas SM, Zeb A. Prevelacne of pressure ulcers in patients with spinal cord injury; a retrospective study. Pak J Neurological Sci 2016;11(4):16-21.
  • Arsh A, Darain H, Ilyas SM. Epidemiology and prevalence of deep venous thrombosis in patients with spinal cord injury. Pak J Neurological Sci 2016;11(4):22-25.

Contact details

Dr Aatik Arsh
PhD Student

External activities

Editorial duties

  • Aatik is Editor in Chief of Annals Of Allied Health Sciences a representative journal of Khyber Medical University Peshawar, Pakistan.