At 64, Narayan Shigwan had suffered pain in his left knee since four years. A retiree, who used to work earlier in the textile mills, had visited many doctors, who had advised him total knee replacement. A father of two children Narayan was not comfortable with the thought of an operation.
On visiting K J Somaiya Hospital, the doctor’s advised him to consult with the physiotherapists at the K J Somaiya College of Physiotherapy.
With the support of experts, compassionate care by the team and the motivation by students, Narayan began a range of motion exercises, strengthening exercises, balance and proprioception exercises along with functional training. Within six months his pain reduced, function improved and he actively participates in his life events. With functional training and continuation of strengthening exercises, he aims to age gracefully while being fit and active.
Says Narayan Shigwan “ I attended physiotherapy sessions twice a week. I did not want an operation. With the exercises, the movement of my left knee has radically improved. My physiotherapist care and expertise have enabled me to avoid surgery and stop using the anti-inflammatories. At my age, I have my mobility after four years of pain. It has given me my life back.
Says Dr Basavraj Chandu, Associate Professor(Community Based Rehabilitation) “ Elderly people need specialised care to help them move as long as possible. As physiotherapists when we treat elderly people we also focus on the psychological support during the process of therapy. Our approach is as always to understand our patients and their situation. In the case of elder people, we also take into account the differences in the body that occur with age.”