Saina Nehwal can resume practice in two months: Surgeon

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The doctor who performed surgery on Saina Nehwal early on Saturday morning following her return from Rio de Janeiro has said that the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist’s injury is “bad” and that it will take at least two months before she can resume practicing on the badminton court.
Speaking said that Sports after the surgery, Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala said he was amazed that Saina had managed to get through two matches at the Rio Olympics with such a severe injury.
“Its a bad injury. An athlete with this injury will find it extremely difficult to bend the knee and lunge. I am surprised she managed to play even with strapping, pain killers, and a dexamethasone local injection,” said Dr Pardiwala, head of the Centre for Sports Medicine and Director, Arthroscopy & Shoulder Service at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
“Saina has sustained an intra-articular injury (inside the joint) to her right knee. A small fragment of bone has separated from her patella (knee cap bone) This displaced fragment is causing her impingement and pain. Saina has undergone arthroscopic surgery this morning and she needs postoperative rest for three weeks, followed by five weeks of rehabilitation. Return to court practice in two months, and a return to match play in four months.” As for what caused the injury, Dr Pardiwala – who in the past has treated Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt, among other athletes – said it was difficult to determine exactly. “Saina could not identify a cause for it. Usually a single fall/direct blunt injury, though most commonly it is an overuse or repetitive stress injury,” he said.Saina, a former world No 1, had sustained the injury during training approximately ten days before she departed for the Rio Olympics, and was seen with a heavily strapped right knee during training and her matches. Despite the best efforts of her support staff to get her to peak fitness, insufficient recovery time saw an aggravation of the injury in Brazil.
Saina was beaten by 61st ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine 21-18, 21-19 in her second league match to exit the Rio Games and a disconsolate Saina wept at her post-match interaction with the media, where she again cited inflammation in her right knee, which hampered her on-court movement, as the reason for her upset defeat. On her return to India, she was admitted to hospital to undergo treatment for her knee injury. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device.

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