Kiran’s story: My knee was hampering my cricket

There is strong evidence that what a person thinks is wrong with their painful body part can affect their outcome. if a person thinks their body part (e..g back, knee) is badly damaged, they are less likely to engage in things that will help their pain and disability (like exercise, hobbies and work) and more […]

Paul’s story: the stiff posture I adopted actually slowed my recovery

Back in September 2014 I was delivering heavy boxes of printed material. My small van was loaded to the max. I even had boxes in the front passenger seat and foot well. When I took out a heavy box from the footwell I somehow twisted, probably because it was in an awkward position. I immediately […]

From fear to hope “I’ve still got a lot of life to live”

My first encounter with back pain started about 6-7 years ago when I was sweeping up outside. It was literally excruciating, so bad it made me feel faint and I had to drop down on my knees in case I passed out. After a few minutes I did try and stand but it was so […]


Charles’ story: I made huge progress physically and psychologically

There is considerable evidence that a person’s general health including their psychological health can affect their outcome after orthopaedic surgery. Charles’ story here describes the importance of addressing these psychological barriers to recovery, and how these can be addressed as part of an integrated physical rehabilitation programme.   I would like to start off by describing my […]

Denis’ story – “How changing my beliefs about my back pain made me pain free”

I was a very active person and hardly ever experienced back pain until I was told I  prolapsed a disc some years ago. This marked the start of a long period of chronic pain that could have been avoided had I known more about back pain and pain in general and the power of beliefs. […]