Hamsa Nandini, the queen of special songs, has serenaded to dance moves but her grace was tested when she was afflicted by a debilitating disorder recently. The actress has triumphed over cervical spondylitis that was caused by an injury through sheer inner strength and endurance. At a time when actresses opt to go under the scalpel for the slightest discomfort, this damsel has chosen to do it naturally. Sashidhar Adivi finds out how she did it…
I sustained a neck injury three years ago which I thought I had got over. But it relapsed recently and I was under in excruciating pain since February, after I got back from New Zealand. I had to call off my shooting schedules because of the sprain. I was supposed to do a special number in ‘Babu Bangaram’ but had to turn it down. I was disappointed because it was a great film to lose plus I’m very disappointed that I had to turn down several offers. My doctors advised me to take a break from giving performances to avoid stress around my neck. They also told me not to strain my neck and pick up heavy weights. I was there in the US for a month (with my family) and visited a few places. I also got a little bit of treatment done there and recently came back.
What went wrong?
It’s a type of a spondylitis but more serious than that. It’s actually a gap in the cervical spine and has all the symptoms of spondylitis. Since I love adventure sports, I went on a roller coaster ride three years ago in US and I suffered a whiplash (injury to the neck’s soft tissues). As a result of that, I haven’t ventured into escapades for three years. But recently, I again did bungee jumping in New Zealand (smiles). Also, I have been dancing way too much (smiles) – performing in special numbers, concerts abroad, live shows, etc., and have put pressure on my neck unknowingly, so all these factors collectively impacted my neck. I have a gap (damaged) between c5 and c6 cervical spine due to which I was in terrible pain but it can be rectified with a surgery, which I didn’t want to undergo.
Road to recovery…
I decided to not take the short cut, so I started attending the spine clinic. They put you off the medication and from all external support (belts, steroids, etc). They only look to strengthen your muscle with exercise. Since the balance between my left and right alignment was the problem, there’s a lot of core strengthening done – doing Pilates (picking up weights) and at the same I wasn’t allowed to run. I went nuts in the first couple of months during this treatment. It is a kind of physiotherapy and a natural way of strengthening muscle. So you have to strengthen the core muscle around the spine and neck. I could not do my own activity for two months and was in a lot of pain (without medication). There was a lot of icing packs. I was advised strict exercise regimen for every two hours – back and neck extension (push back the neck with two fingers and look up), weight training activities, etc. Now, I have started jogging and doing a little bit of weights. It was completely naturally done and I have recovered 90% and shall resume my regular workouts too.