For choreographer Hanif Hilal, dance has always been an all-consuming passion. But in 2008, when he hurt his right knee while doing a somersault during a practice session an operation fixed the torn ligament but the pain persisted.
“I consulted few doctors but failed to get relief,” said the 28-year-old. Two months ago he went back to Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, consultant, arthroscopy and sports orthopaedic, who had operated on his knee at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
Dr Padriwala and his team began Hilal’s rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions at the hospital’s Sports Medicine Centre.
“Today I am able to hit the gym and dance, and will soon be able to do somersaults again,” Hilal told reporters at Ambani Hospital on Monday, three days before the launch of the Sports Medicine Centre.
“Most people like Hilal, who are actively into fitness and sports, undergo surgeries, regain 90% of all the normal functions. But if they neglect the rehabilitation aspect due to ignorance, it might delay the recovery, which happened in Hilal’s case,” said Dr Pardiwala.
Started in September, the centre is the city’s first such facility and is already treating 1,300 patients. It will be officially launched on Friday.
“India is becoming fitness conscious. Exercising in gyms has become a part of lifestyle. Such a centre can help them get treatment for specific injuries which a general practitioner might not able to identify,” said Dr Pardiwala.
“We use same principles of fitness for sportsperson and fitness enthusiast,” said sports physiotherapist Dr Heath Matthews.
Andheri resident Alan Chatterjee (65), a retired pilot, is one such beneficiary.
In May, he fell while paragliding over Virar and tore a ligament in his left elbow. “I was told that the injury was serious. But after the rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions at the centre, I can now move my arm. I’m waiting for the rains to end to begin paragliding again,” he said.