What makes this clinic & all of us who work here the right place for you to come to help you relieve your pain or recover from injury or surgery? To help you to live the life you want rather than one limited by pain or fear of pain.
Who am I & what do I and my team do?
I am a very experienced and hugely passionate physiotherapist specialising in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
This simply means I help people like you to ease pain, stiffness or the symptoms resulting from other medical conditions such as arthritis, which affect any of the body’s muscle, joint or nervous systems.
I and my amazing team of equally enthusiastic, experienced and caring physio’s are able to firstly, to assess where your pain is coming from and then more importantly understand and let you know what is causing your pain, before we talk to you about how we can help ease it. Physiotherapy is not an exact science but with experience and good assessment skills we work really hard understand the cause of your pain.
We all believe wholeheartedly that it is possible for you to have your pain eased at the same time as we address cause, whether that is improving your muscle strength, posture or by helping you to really understand or manage on-going medical conditions such as arthritis.
You are safe
Myself, and all of us who work at the clinic are committed to improving our own knowledge and skills, above and beyond the basic level required by our regulating and governing body the HCPC. If it becomes necessary at any point to refer you for a second opinion with your GP or appropriate specialist we will make sure that they are provided with the appropriate information, this is of course with your permission.
Why I become a physiotherapist and why I decided to set up this clinic
I care passionately that pain doesn’t dictate what you do or limit the life you want to lead. I want you to be able to choose take part in the activities you want to enjoy without fear that you may cause yourself pain or ‘harm’. This is because I know exactly how it feels to be in that position. I truly believe that there is ALWAYS something that we can do to help, for some of you it may be learning to manage your pain better, to allow you to be more active but for a large majority of your pain will go completely.
My desire to become a physio started at 19 when I received treatment for shin pain whilst taking my aerobics instructor exams. I just thought it was amazing how she was able to tell me in the initial assessment what was causing my pain! The treatment was really effective and I remember how brilliant it was to have no pain when teaching my class.
However, it took me until I was 26 before I finally went to university by then I had been a gym and personal trainer for a few years and so I was pretty fit! Roll onto my second year and I started with back and leg pain which plagued me through the whole year. It eventually became so severe I ended up going to see a private physio who was even more amazing then the first. It took a few months but she helped get me pain free again.
My first ‘proper job’ was at Rotherham Hospital and I must have been there all of 9 months when my back and leg pain returned. However, I was my own worst enemy and I tried all the tricks in the book, ignoring it, exercising through it, then ‘resting’ and so on. I can even remember having to pull over whilst driving to work because the leg pain was so severe I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I know I cried. Well my boss must have see my sorry physical state as I limped into work because it was her who finally insisted that I went to my own GP and got referred to a physio close to my home. This was 3 months after my pain had first started.
I didn’t have the greatest experience with my GP at the time or very sadly my physio initially. I just think it was a lack of experience, because I know from when I first had to treat someone in a lot of pain how challenging it can be. I did eventually get to see a very experienced and confident physiotherapist at the Hallamshire hospital. He taught me how important it is to be patient when you find learning a new exercise difficult, really listen and genuinely care and be interested. However, as it was now 9 months on, I had 3 months off work in the meantime and had to spend two months working part-time, he sent me for an MRI scan.
The MRI scan told us what we already knew, I had pain from my sciatic nerve because of a disc restricting the space where the nerve leaves the spinal cord. He offered me surgery but I had just started to really see an improvement in my pain so I declined. Overall I had leg pain for 12 months and at times I thought it would never go, at times I just didn’t know what to do with myself as the pain was so bad and I wasn’t sleeping well. I didn’t dare do anything too physical or lift too much because to be honest I was frightened. The lowest point had to be though when my boss sat me down and told me my back would never be strong enough for me to follow my first love (at this time) which was to practice physiotherapy in neurology, helping those who had strokes, head injuries of neurological conditions such as MS.
Now 14 years later much wiser and yes older! I believe I would have been strong enough to work in that field of physiotherapy as the profession and our understanding of pain and knowledge of how to strengthen the spine has moved on considerably. However, I believe it was meant to be as I couldn’t imagine doing anything else or loving it as much as I love the work I do now. My own personal experience drives me to make sure that we do whatever we can no matter how little, to help you have less pain and be as active as you choose to be.
I understand that you need a different approach. To look beyond the symptoms, to the cause. To provide you answers about what is happening in your body to help you take control. If you are ready for a change, we are ready and here to help. (not sure whether to put ready or here)