Patient stories

Stroke - Tony's Story

Tony was working as a college lecturer when he had a stroke affecting his left side . He was initial treated within the NHS but once discharged from their rehabilitation services he still felt he could achieve more. It was at this point that he contacted Physio Matters to enquire about private neurological physiotherapy treatment. Tony takes up the story from here...

"If you are reading this testimonial then for some reason you have lost some or all of your mobility,in my case in April 2010, I had an acute stroke which affected my left side leaving me unable to stand or walk, I decided that my best course of action was to engage the services of a specialised physiotherapist. Luckily I found Physio Matters and asked for their help"

"I have not been disappointed.the progress and improvement in my mobility is amazing. I can use a quad stick to move around my flat as I need to. This allows me to prepare simple meals for myself and get to the bathroom when needed .My personal physio has been exceptionally good. Some of my close friends who still visit me often remark at my progress which is solely down to her skill at her job."

"To reap the best results it really is essential that you discuss things with your therapist so that between you a deeper understanding of the goals you want to achieve have been agreed. Physio is tough, hard work but when you can see and feel significant improvement in your mobility it all becomes worthwhile."

"I can unreservedly recommend Physio Matters as a professional company to maximise the targets you want to achieve. Physio Matters physios give great value for money when measured by for the significant gains in your mobility."

If you feel that you may benefit from ongoing physiotherapy, please contact us for a free telephone consultation with no obligation.

Stroke - Pat's Story

59-year-old Pat from Rochdale was shocked to have a stroke in September 2008, as she had no previous health problems.

The Client

Pat had her stroke while at home. The stroke affected her right side and gave her some problems finding the right words to say in conversation. Pat had been treated in a rehabilitation unit and made great progress, but still felt that she had not regained her confidence. She referred herself to Physio Matters after her GP recommended us to her.

The Problem

When Colin first assessed Pat, he found that she could walk with the help of another person, but could not walk alone. As a result she needed to use a wheelchair all the time indoors. Pat hadn't walked outside for months, which limited her social life. She didn't believe she would ever be able to walk outside on her own again.

Our Solution

Colin worked with Pat to help regain her confidence. "When I first began to walk, I was very apprehensive," she says, "and felt as though I wouldn't be able to do everything that was asked of me. Colin initially worked to get me walking short distances in the house with the aid of a walking stick, and I quickly made some progress and noticed an improvement. Since then, I have been to the supermarket in one session, and found I was able to walk around with a shopping trolley."

The Results

With determination and patience, Pat can now do more than she ever believed possible. She can walk around the house on her own with a walking stick, and sometimes without - when she is feeling brave. She can also get in and out of her front and back doors, and walk around the outside of her house. She can drive a mobility scooter to the shops, and hopes to do more work on shopping at the supermarket. Pat recently went on breaks to Blackpool and Scotland, and managed better than she ever expected.

The Future

"When I first started physiotherapy with Physio Matters, I was very nervous and only able to walk when holding someone's hand. This made me very despondent, yet I was determined to improve."

Pat goes on to explain, "My future goals include walking from my scooter at the local shops and not using my wheelchair at all in the house. I also want to attempt stairs and crossing roads. I still feel nervous, but I am much more confident in my abilities. And I enjoy bragging to Colin at each session about what I have achieved!"

Parkinson's Disease - Peter's Story

The Client

Peter, 67, lives in Oldham and is retired after working as a plumber.

The Problem

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 10 years ago. Peter referred himself to Physio Matters for advice, support and treatment due to mobility problems, especially when he found he was starting to fall when walking about the house. Colin visited Peter and his wife, Joan, in January 2008 to assess the problems and discuss physiotherapy goals with them.

Peter and Joan identified the main problems as being getting out of a chair, mobility, and falling. With a progressive neurological condition, such as Parkinson's Disease, the main focus of treatment is trying to maintain the ability to perform everyday tasks as well as reducing complications relating to the condition, such as muscle and joint stiffness.

Our Solution

Colin has worked closely with Peter and Joan for more than 18 months on a weekly basis, to identify problems and potential problems, and to focus on these. "The main areas we've been working on are getting Peter out of his chair and helping him to be able to turn over in bed", explains Colin. "Both these activities can be difficult for someone with Parkinson's Disease, due to a lack of mobility in a person's trunk." However, this is being managed with physiotherapy treatment sessions, as well as through the hard work of Peter and Joan with a home exercise programme devised by Colin.

The Results

"The home exercise we recommend as part of the treatment is often crucial in maintaining improvements between treatment sessions," says Colin. "Both Peter and Joan have been very keen on practising between visits, which has proved extremely useful." Peter still has problems with getting in and out of the chair, but this is variable. If Peter analyses his movement and splits it into sections, he is much more successful. Colin has been able to provide support, assistance and advice to both Peter and Joan as they cope with this difficult condition. The Future Although the condition is progressive, and there have been some difficulties over the past months, it continues to help Peter to give him specific goals he can aim towards. Peter certainly values the support given in the treatment sessions.

"I'm pleased when Colin visits me, and you can really see and feel the work he is doing to help me. But I have to confess that I'm also pleased when he leaves me alone at the end of the session, so I can have a rest!"

Physiotherapy for Children - Luke's Story

The Client

Luke's Granddad was concerned that his 2½year old grandson was not walking yet and decided to contact Physio Matters for help after being recommended by a friend. About Luke Luke was 30 month old when Chris Malloch (Specialist Children's Physiotherapist for Physio Matters) assessed him in October 2012. Chris was able to get to know Luke and find out what problems he was having with his walking and movement. Luke's family were concerned about the amount of therapy that he was receiving from local NHS therapy services.

The Problem

Luke has delayed gross and fine motor skills so struggles with his movement and balance due to a rare chromosome condition. He was also struggling with his speech. Chris assessed that he was having problems with his movement because his muscles were floppy ('low toned') and he was having real problems moving between different positions. She also identified that he has poor foot posture and was waiting for a pair of supportive boots.

Our Solution

Our Solution Chris works closely with several members of Luke's family to make sure that everyone is 'singing from the same hymn sheet' to help build on Luke's progress between sessions. She has also been in contact with the NHS physiotherapist to arrange a joint visit to Luke's nursery to see if they are able to help with Luke's physiotherapy. "It is great to be able to spend time with Luke and his family wherever we feel is going to benefit him most" said Chris. "It is really beneficial to be able to work alongside the NHS to make sure that Luke has the best chance to improve as much as possible at this time when the nervous system is still able to adapt and develop"

The Results

The Results Chris visits Luke on a weekly basis and his family know that they are able to contact her between sessions if they need to clarify anything or ask any questions. He is now able to sit with adult supervision and stand with help from an adult. He is learning to roll and spend time on his tummy to help him gain strength in his core muscles. He is learning to move along the floor using his arms and legs. He is developing the ability to move between different positions, all of which encourage his independence. Luke's family have been taught handling skills and given advice to enable them to carry out his therapy activities with him every day, to ensure his therapy is included as part of his everyday activity.

The Future

The Future Chris has worked alongside Luke's family to agree goals that they will be working towards together such as being able to stand with assistance and move around the floor independently. They are still at the early stages of treatment but both Chris and Luke's family are pleased with progress so far. "It is a real privilege to be able to spend quality time with Luke and his family and not be constrained to short treatment sessions" commented Chris.

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