It's payback time for Arjun Atwal. And alternative therapist Dr Jatin Chaudhry is the beneficiary. The doctor is now weighing Atwal's invitation to go and work with Tiger Woods.
Faced with a scenario that threatened his existence on the PGA Tour, a desperate Atwal decided to act out of the box after expert advice in the US suggested that surgery was the only remedy for the muscle ruptures in the shoulders. Alarmed by the recommended yearlong layoff, which would have meant losing his card, the 36-year-old Kolkatan arrived in Delhi for a date with Chaudhry.
If the apprehension of venturing into the unknown was not enough, weighing him down further was the challenge thrown by Woods, his training partner in Florida, and his team of world-class doctors that this alternate route would fail.
From March 18 to April 5, Atwal strove to put right a condition that was primarily of his making. “In his obsession to stay in shape, Arjun even went against his trainer and embarked on a weight training regimen that was followed by Tiger,” Chaudhry told HT. Blending his knowledge of physiotherapy, needle and magnetic therapy, the doctor not only ensured quick relief but scans at the end of the session gave an all-clear result.
“The ruptures have healed completely but slight swelling remains. A couple of weeks of rest will do but if he's in a hurry to get back to the course, all he needs is a single shot of an anti-inflammatory,” Chaudhry said.
A grateful Atwal has extended an invitation to the doctor. “Arjun wants me to go to the US to work with Tiger, especially after the multiple lay-offs he's faced because of his knees. I am told he (Tiger) and his team are astounded by the results. Then there are several other top sportspersons Arjun is in touch with,” he said.
Atwal confirmed the offer but refused to go beyond “it is between me and the doctor”.
Though he is keen, going to the US would be nothing short of an upheaval. “I see close to 100-120 patients a day and several of them are terminally ill, I cannot leave suddenly. Then there is the offer from the Kings XI Punjab,” the doctor said.
Impressed by the quick-fix methods employed on Sreesanth, co-owner Preity Zinta is trying to solicit his services for the IPL. Doctors in Australia had ruled out the seamer for six months due to a stress fracture in the back but Sreesanth has been cleared to play after two weeks of back-strengthening exercises.
Caught between his sense of duty and the opportunity to work on an icon like Tiger, Chaudhry is unwilling to be rushed into making a choice. “Time will take care of everything,” is his answer.