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.
Approximately 10 years ago I hit the ski slopes and they hit me back. An ill fitting ski boot failed to release on a fall, and my left knee helicoptered with sickening pain. I realised immediately that it wasn't a simple sprain or strain, but that I had done some real damage. After the accident I had keyhole surgery to remove any problem pieces of my cruciate ligament.
J presented to the clinic 2 years ago with worsening pain in both knees. She is 83 years old, in good health and was previously very active. Her particular concern was that she was losing confidence in her legs and was fearful of falling particularly when venturing outside the house.
Whilst playing in the first rugby match of the season I received a knock to my leg which just felt like a bad dead leg. Being a rugby player, I played through the pain for the rest of the match and walked a few miles to a friend’s house when it had finished. By the end of the walk my leg still wasn’t feeling any better, as I had expected it to, and I was by this time limping on it quite badly.