Did you know that over half of UK adults are living with pain?
We recently did some research that found around 30 million of us in the UK are living with pain rather than turning to qualified medical professionals for help. Of those in pain, more than three quarters state that this is negatively affecting their everyday life. But it doesn't need to be this way.
While it may seem like you are making less of a fuss by opting to just 'grin and bear it' many studies have shown that the earlier people seek treatment for musculoskeletal (bones, muscles, joints) issues the less likely they are to end up with chronic pain or long-term problems. Similarly, many of those that are living with pain are finding themselves dependent on over-the-counter pain medication; one in five people use painkillers every day and over a quarter have been taking them consistently for more than five years.
It's never too late to seek help for pain or injury. We wanted to share some stories from some of our amazing physiotherapy patients who sought our help after surgery or injury. All of them had goals to get fit and well again and back to doing the things they love and with our help (and their determination!) they have achieved some incredible things.
Gemma is a Latin dancer who came to us for physiotherapy after having surgery on a shoulder injury. The physiotherapy quickly helped her get back to feeling herself but she still didn't feel totally comfortable while dancing. Her Nuffield Health physiotherapist recommended she do a course of Clinical Pilates with us and this was the extra bit of care she needed to get her back in her dancing shoes.
Ally is a rugby player who had been told his knee would likely never be fully fit for sports. He came to us for physiotherapy after knee surgery and was treated by one of our expert sports injury physiotherapists. He got in touch not long afterwards to share his amazing story with us; watch his story to find out the incredible accomplishment his treatment helped him to achieve.