By Martin D’Souza | Opening Doorz Editorial | September 10, 2019

The Indian Red Cross Society (Mumbai) crossed another milestone last week with the opening of their state-of-the-art ‘Adams Wylie Physio Rehab Centre’. A vision of the Managing Committee headed by Chairman, Suresh Deora and Secretary, Vijay Kumar Singhal, the AWPRC is one of its kinds in the city. What makes it even more unique is that they have Dr. Aijaaz Ashai (the Physio known for his magic fingers and in-depth understanding of anything ‘within’) to head the Centre with his team of experts.

Dr Aijaaz Ashai is the HOD at the Indian Red Cross Society Adams Wyilie Physio Rehab Centre

Even before the formal inauguration, patients had started streaming win with a grimace and moving out with a smile. Kirti Kumar Saraf, a businessman from Kanpur, is one such gentleman who cannot stop thanking God for meeting up with Dr. Aijaaz and for the Adams Wylie Centre.

Saraf was in pain with a frozen shoulder for 10 years!

Speaking about his meeting with Dr. Aijaaz, Saraf says that he was introduced to him by a common friend. “I was operated for Oral Cancer by Dr. Sultan Pradhan at Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Byculla, Mumbai, 10 years ago. It was the third stage and a five-hour surgery. Dr. Sultan removed 20 lymph nodes from my neck and I went through 30 chemos and radiation. Because of the radiation, my neck and right shoulder was frozen: there was no sensation on my shoulder and neck for 10 years. After Dr. Aijaaz treated me, within 5 days and 10 sittings I recovered 80 percent of my movement. My numbness is gone and my hand movement is almost normal: my lifestyle has improved. This is a miracle!”

Dr. Sultan and Dr. Aijaaz are now next after God for Saraf who is going through the exercises which have been suggested by Dr Aijaaz. “I have been to so many physios in Kanpur and Delhi but here at the Red Cross, with their equipment, and Dr Aijaaz’s care, I was relieved in no time,” he adds.

Wasim Jaffer checking out the Primus Machine at the Adams Wylie Physio Rehab Centre.

A Primus Machine can help in evaluating a sportsman’s muscle, strength and endurance and how long he or she will be able to last on the field. If a cricketer is not able to throw the ball quicker and flatter from the boundary we can evaluate his strength and endurance level. Earlier it was through trial and error method. With the Primus Machine, we can straightway detect the problem area and with a low level of strength and endurance to throw it  faster quicker or flatter so we can tell them exactly which muscles they have to strengthen and even after the injury we can do the evaluation and tell whether the player is fit or no so the recovery period is much better and the target can be easily achieved rather than the trial and error method we can straightway target the problem area and work on it and the results can be earliest.

Present at the soft launch last week were eminent sports personalities, cricketer Wasim Jaffer, Former Indian team Physio Dr. Ali Irani, Former Indian Footballer Yusuf Ansari, Adille Sumariwalla (VP, IOA) and Nadim Memon curator (MCA). The Centre which boasts of modernized infrastructure facilitating physio services like Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac, Pediatric, Robotic, Sports Fitness and Rehab under one roof has equipment like Aqua Treadmills, Robotic Gait Training, Functional VAS Training, Gait Lab, Hydraulic Gym, ISO kinetic sports injury evaluation and training machine: Primus.

Throwing light on how the Centre came about, Vijay Kumar Singhal, Secretary, IRCS, Mumbai, says: “When when we looked around in the country or in the city of Mumbai, we could not locate a single place where a person could get his treatment done with state-of-the-art equipment. This Centre is like an OPD wherein anyone can walk in for treatment. We are providing all type treatment under one roof. Moreover, our endeavour is to reach out even to the marginalised who will have access to this treatment for a nominal fee of Rs 250. We have kept two days in a week for them (Tuesdays and Fridays) wherein, with a prior appointment, they can walk in and get their treatment done.”

Getting Dr Aijaaz Ashai on board as Head of Department was a long-drawn process. “We consulted a lot of doctors and visited a lot of physio centres before finalising on Dr Aijaaz. What we found in him was his excellence and also his commitment to Red Cross giving subsidised treatment to the marginalised,” adds Singhal.

For IRCS, this is just the beginning, “We are taking feedback from people. We want to open multiple centres in Mumbai and the country depending on the funding. We would like to see Corporates coming forward to help us in this endeavour,” rounds off Singhal.

Wockhardt Hospital, 7th Floor, AWMH Building, Dr. Anandrao Nair Marg, Red Cross Street, Mumbai Central (E), Mumbai 400011.

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