Sunday, September 28, 2008

ACL Train Journey


A train journey is different from traveling by road or air, especially if you happen to be alone and sitting next to a window during a trip. One big disadvantage - a constant outside or inside view. A white chair, ,one landline, 2 mobile, non tiring rays of tube light, couple of buildings outside and 2 pink color chart papers .The train has the effect of setting the mind completely at rest. Thoughts wander in and out. Sights outside the window spur some past memory and activate a new set of hyperlinks. Time loses some of its constraints as thoughts freely explore depths not normally possible during other modes of travel.


Flashback:

It all started with extensive research prior to train journey.

The distance covered by the 12 thousand trains on the Indian Railways equals three & a half time the distance to moon from earth, each day!!

Pushpinder Bajaj deals with all kinds of Sports Injuries including Tennis, Golf & Cricket. Some of the players under his treatment include members of the Indian Cricket team, Delhi Ranji team and prominent Tennis players & golfers e.g. Virender Sehwag, Murali Kartik, Aakash Chopra, Rahul Sanghvi, Mithun Manhas, Amit Bhandari, Vijay Dahiya, Munaf Patel, Amit Mishra, Gagan Khoda, Mahesh Bhupathi & Amandeep Johl.

And every day these trains carry about 13 million passengers. That is a fourth of the French population or two times the London’s population.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. The incidence of knee ligament injuries in the general population. In general, the incidence of ACL injury is higher in people who participate in high-risk sports, such as basketball, football, skiing, and soccer. However, ACL injuries are very commonly seen with road traffic accidents also.

The main revenue earners for the Indian railways are the freight trains and not the passenger trains. Passenger trains are heavily subsidized at the cost of fright charges.

The bone structure of the knee joint is formed by the femur, the tibia, and the patella. The ACL is one of the four main ligaments within the knee that connect the femur to the tibia.

‘Srivenkatanarasimhrajuwaripet a’ is the longest name of the station located at the Andhra state on the Arakkonam to Renigunta route (next station to Renigunta in the Mumbai direction)

Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction is one of the most successful surgeries in orthopaedic surgery. It involves a 1 inch incision to harvest the graft and takes about 45 min to perform the procedure. The decision on which graft to use and what type of fixation varies from person to person and is best decided by your surgeon.


The shortest name of a station is ‘Ib’ on the Howrah to Nagpur route

rare complications reported are knee stiffness & patellar fractures. Largest number of railway station names start with the letter S. About 500 stations. C Hepatitis – Risk involved IF NOT DONE PROPERLY

14 Sep 2008

I came to be in a mass of humanity on platform no. 9. House number F1/31, the next task was to figure out where my compartment would be coming, would be either ground floor, 1st or second. Boarding in a compartment is yet another tussle, as it was first time for me and required help of 2 assistants from Primus Hospital. As I settled down and watched people do the same, I started to relax. I was on the train, ready to leave Delhi for the 30 days journey to Dehradun by local mail.


Third class travel, he thought, was the mirror to the plight of Indians. These journeys made him realise how India bled. His meager travel kit comprised a metal tiffin-box, a canvas bag, a long coat, dhoti (loin cloth), towel, shirt, blanket, tooth brush, green bottles, crutches, books, pillows, blackberry and a water jug.

When people came to him and said that it would be their right to kill someone if that person had killed their son or wife, Gandhi used to reply: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind".



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