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Michael’s story: “an enormous effect physically, and even more so mentally”

Michael experienced severe back and leg pain while lifting one day. Over the next year, the pain returned whenever he tried to resume normal physical activities. It affected his ability to work, play golf and enjoy life in general. He was told he had damaged discs, nerves and that his spine was twisted. He became […]

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Anita’s story: “The scans showed nothing….. there was no hope”

Anita experienced severe back pain after a fall. Over the next seven years, the pain increased and affected her quality of life in several ways. She received lots of treatment, but if anything her disability increased over time. She discusses here the impact of chronic pain on her life, and how she has regained a […]

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Kristien’s story (in Dutch)

Despite having no low back pain during early childhood, Kristien (now 42) was made aware by medical professionals that her back was ‘not normal’ (‘scoliosis, leg length discrepencies, hypermobility etc). After being involved in a motor vehicle accident (at the age of 20) she developed neck pain and some mild low back pain. An MRI […]

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Jamie’s story: “Having that pain was very crippling…… I wasn’t enjoying life”

Jamie discusses how chronic low back pain impacted on his life, his mood and his overall quality of life. He describes the effort it required to cope with his pain for several years, and the insights he has now developed into the physical and psychological aspects that have helped his pain.  

Sally’s story: “Something which for nearly two years defined and disabled me is now a chapter of my past”

I knew I was in trouble when, a year after my initial lower back injury, I was still attending physiotherapy and getting no lasting relief from my pain nor any closer to a diagnosis. The injury had developed over a period of months of practicing advanced Pilates moves in my home, and had flared up […]