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How physiotherapy helps - patient stories

Physiotherapy helps people affected by injury, illness or disability to restore their movement and function, sometimes with life-transforming effect.

Asthma

Asthma

Kristina had severe asthma but after working with a specialist respiratory physiotherapist she has returned to work, delights in practising yoga and can “take a flight of stairs without keeling over”

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy

In the past, sudden noise or unexpected movement would have sent Helen Aveling's arms or legs into spasm but access to physiotherapy has proved "life-changing", she says

Chronic pain

Chronic pain

Four years ago Marie Lovell was in such pain she thought life was not worth living. Today she goes for regular bike rides, walks and is pain-free.

COPD

COPD

Chronic COPD meant Sarah was unable get up out of a chair without being out of breath but pulmonary rehabilitation classes have given Sarah her life back, she says

Incontinence

Incontinence

Comedian Elaine Miller is using her own experience of pregnancy-related incontinence to help the one-in-three UK women with the condition

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

From daily injections to once-a-month physiotherapy, Mark Auld has come a long way in his management of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with the help of physiotherapy

Parkinson's

Parkinson's

How physiotherapy has helped Albert Bursill who at 74 was diagnosed as being in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease

Post-operative shoulder rehabilitation

Post-operative shoulder rehabilitation

Motivation, determination and a positive mindset have been instrumental to avid tennis player Joan Hill’s recovery from shoulder surgery.

Spinal injury

Spinal injury

A motorbike accident left Team GB sailor John Robertson with a severe spinal injury. Physiotherapy played a vital role in his adjustment and in his sporting activities

Stroke

Stroke

Two years after being told she would never walk or talk again, 19-year-old stroke survivor Bethany Sinfield triumphantly crossed the finish line in a 2km charity fun run

Tetraplegia

Tetraplegia

Alexandra Rickham’s life was turned upside down at 13 when a diving accident left her with C5/6 Tetraplegia. Physiotherapy played a vital role in her ascent to Paralympic medallist

Transverse Myelitis

Transverse Myelitis

Penny Wilton's mother describes physiotherapy as "the golden key" to her 8-year-old daughter's recovery from Transverse Myelitis

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