Case Study 1

Lower BackLower Back

I recently attended The Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic in Morpeth, near Newcastle, with crippling back pain which had started quite suddenly, restricting every thing I did including climbing stairs, dressing myself, getting in and out of bed, sitting in the car and sleep was impossible without pain killers.

I had been in pain for two weeks when my wife persuaded me to go to the Clinic as she had previously attended with severe back pain. After two visits with Val she made a complete recovery.

Nick Clunies-Ross treated me. He wanted to know the full history of the injury and asked me to demonstrate how far I could bend in all directions, which was very little. On examination Nick was shocked to discover that my lower back simply did not flex at all. He gave me treatment on my spine and gave me a list of very specific exercises to do and another appointment in two weeks.

I am very pleased with the results and can highly recommend the Clinic.

I religiously did the exercises twice a day and the improvement in my movement and reduction in the pain was remarkable. I was able to drive myself to the next appointment, walk a considerable distance from car to Clinic and climb on to the treatment bench without assistance.

I continue to do the exercises twice daily. I am very pleased with the results and can highly recommend the Clinic. Thank you once again.

GM (Farmer)

Physio's Comments:

This gentleman had been diagnosed with an arthritic lower back and had had a total knee replacement in May 2007. He had had a severe episode of low back pain originally noticed on a walk with his grandchildren followed by a prolonged car journey. Consequently he had reduced his physical activities due to discomfort and restriction.

On examination he had little or no active lumbar spine movements and on palpation was grossly stiff and tender over his lower back.

My impression was that, due to the back pain he was in, he had not been moving freely which in turn had caused him to tighten up, thereby, reducing muscular support and making him more vulnerable to re-injury.

He was treated with soft tissue mobilisation (hands on therapy) to get the joints moving and given a daily home exercise programme to maintain and improve on what was achieved in clinic. His improvement over a period of one week was remarkable. On review one month later he had achieved good pain free movement and was discharged to continue with his exercise regime on his own.

Nick Clunies-Ross MCSP

Treatments Used

Hands-On Therapy

Improves mobility of the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Frees up restricted joints to improve overall movement and allow better muscular control.

Home Exercises

An integral part of treatment, an individualised home exercise programme is used to reinforce the benefits made during treatment and to progress recovery.

Conditions Treated

Upper Limb

Lower Limb


Sports Injuries


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