Everyday we hear patients stories about how their lives changed over months and even years following a series of events and accidents. The subsequent pain and disability has changed not only their lives but that of friends and family. All too often they have been ignored and no one has taken the time to listen to them or try to give them a sensible, reasoned explanation for why they are in pain and can not return to their normal activities. Sadly, many have not been helped by incorrect advice and treatment and they are left fearful and apprehensive. Many have not been examined and told they ‘will never get better’ or ‘its just worn joints’! This approach is wrong and only serves to increase disability and pain.

It is for these reasons we have decided to ask patients to record their experiences to show others that their stories are not unusual and that solutions can be found. We thank everyone who has contributed to this process. Don’t give up hope of finding a solution.

Mrs F

A painful knee: Where is the pain coming from?

In November 2013 I woke one morning unable to walk. The pain in my lower leg was agony. I used the furniture to get about the house and a walking stick if I went outside. A visit to the doctor ended in an appointment with the GP physiotherapist who gave me some exercises for my knee.

After three visits I was no better and was told to carry on with the exercises as there was nothing else they could do for me, but if things got worse I was to contact my doctor. The exercises given to me had not helped the pain in my lower left leg and by January I was also not sleeping very well.

I have always led an active life doing several long walks during the week without any mobility problems. It just did not make sense and I could not accept it.

I decided to get a second opinion from a physiotherapist I had been to see some years previously. His diagnosis was that the pain in my leg was caused by the nerves in my leg and flexibility in my back and prescribed exercises to stretch my back and manipulated the nerves in my leg. He worked to correct the bad habits I had fallen into since my inability to walk. He told me there was nothing wrong with my knee. I have had three appointments with the new physiotherapist and each visit I have noticed an improvement.

The first visit I learned how to use my body correctly to prevent pain, the second visit I learnt how to walk correctly as I was using my good leg to compensate. Now I walk free of pain and I sleep better, have more energy and have got my life back.

Mr M

A painful ‘bulging’ disc

“I’m 30 and have bulged L4/L5 discs since 18. This had gradually worsened over the years and then one day I woke up slanted to oneside with my hip sticking out! I had to take 3 months off work and eventually went back – not fully corrected. After exactly 12 months (to the exact date) since the incident happended I was at a crossroads of either surgery or living with being slanted (about 10 degrees to the right from my hip upwards every other day). I’d already seen a number of physios (private and NHS) and top chiropractors and none seemed to get to the root cause, it was all temporary relief that lasted about 4 days…at most.

A friend who had seen some of the best olympic physios in London suggested that [HP physio] was better than them all and that I should go to see him!!!! So I decided to book a consultation with [HP physio] He spoke with me for about an hour and assessed my posture. He then advised me that simple mechanics and bad habits to compensate for the pain were preventing me from getting better. He said that my stiff posture and poor walking technique was causing strain on my lumbar each time I took a step, hence why it was not getting better.

Within a couple of days of following [HP physio] I was feeling pain free and not going slanted to one side in the morning – something that I’d not experiencd in months of NHS physio or intense sessions with sheffield’s ‘top’ chiropractor. All the other experts thought my posture was good and even dismissed the diagnosis [HP physio] gave. Anyway, within 2 weeks I was doing 45 mins cardio in the gym, climbing 8 flights of stairs at work and feeling much more positive about my back, and more importantly its rehabilitation.

After half a dozen sessions, over the course of 2 months. I was much more aware of the necessary exercises, sitting, standing and walking techniques and was told that I had finished the treatment.

In 12 years I have paid £1000’s on physios, chriopractors and MRI scans and can say that the first consultation with [HP physio] was better than all of them. If i was to sum up everything in one sentance; if Carlsberg made physics,[HP physio] would be one of them.”

Mrs S

Leg pain not responding to exercises

In November 2013 I woke one morning unable to walk. The pain in my lower leg was agony. I used the furniture to get about the house and a walking stick if I went outside. A visit to the doctor ended in an appointment with the GP physiotherapist who gave me some exercises for my knee.

After three visits I was no better and was told to carry on with the exercises as there was nothing else they could do for me, but if things got worse I was to contact my doctor. The exercises given to me had not helped the pain in my lower left leg and by January I was also not sleeping very well.

I have always led an active life doing several long walks during the week without any mobility problems. It just did not make sense and I could not accept it.

I decided to get a second opinion from a physiotherapist I had been to see some years previously. His diagnosis was that the pain in my leg was caused by the nerves in my leg and flexibility in my back and prescribed exercises to stretch my back and manipulated the nerves in my leg. He worked to correct the bad habits I had fallen into since my inability to walk. He told me there was nothing wrong with my knee. I have had three appointments with the new physiotherapist and each visit I have noticed an improvement.

The first visit I learned how to use my body correctly to prevent pain, the second visit I learnt how to walk correctly as I was using my good leg to compensate. Now I walk free of pain and I sleep better, have more energy and have got my life back.

Francis S