Since childhood, I’ve been actively involved in Sports with a special interest in Racquet Sport. Badminton, Tennis and Squash. I achieved a certain proficiency level thus making a mark in the local community. My passion for these games became an integral part of my daily life. Further more, I was nominated as Captain for the College Badminton Team for 3 years, and represented Bangalore University in the Inter-University Tennis Tournaments in 1990-91, at Chennai.
Sports and outdoor activity was an integral part of my professional requirements. This enabled me to follow my passion in sports thereby representing my Company in competitions. In 2005, I was training for an event when I had an accident on the Badminton court, where my right leg had a Posterior Cruciate Ligament snap. One end of it was detached completely and freely mobile leading to excruciating pain. The thought that my “gaming” life is at jeopardy was more traumatizing.
I was rushed to consult the best in Sports Medicine, Dr. David V Rajan. The Orthopaedic Clinic is now called as Ortho One Speciality Clinic in Coimbatore. He was very pragmatic in his diagnosis. He said surgery was not warranted and that the ligament would fuse back in time. However, this fusion would be weak and will not support vigorous use of the knee, like sports, etc. When asked if I can get back to sports after surgery, Dr. Rajan gave an affirmation which prompted me to go in for surgery. Key-hole surgery was a rarity those days. A graft from ACL was implanted and fastened with Titanium screws. I was back on the road to recovery in 3 days with physiotherapy and exercises. I started activity in 4 months and was back to competitive sports in 6 months.
When I was promised 100% return to normalcy, I was sceptical. However, time proved my scepticism unwarranted. Life in the sporting arena has never been better.
My professional journey has led me to Singapore where I pursued my sports. In the process, I’ve been able to make an impact. I’ve reached a stage where I can’t imagine life without these activities. I always look back on the ‘miracle’ cure that was done on me by Dr. David V. Rajan.
Some of my friends find it hard to be convinced that I had Titanium implanted in my knees. There are some intangible factors of the cure that helps me with my daily life. It has played a pivotal role in building my self-confidence with improved self-esteem and helped me in team building.
As time goes by, my gratitude for Dr. David V. Rajan, who is now the leading surgeon at Ortho One, Coimbatore has grown not just for conducting the surgery successfully on me, but giving me the needed confidence during my difficult journey.