I’ve been struggling with back pain for seven years, actually it is longer than 7 years but it was seven years ago my local GP escalated my case and referred me to Hemel Hempstead Hospital for an X-ray.
The X-ray on my back didn’t show and damage to my spine and the physiotherapy stated as there was no bone damage, my issue was nerve and muscle related. Good news I thought and this was treatable. I even remember to this day the explanation – my muscles in my lower back were over reacting to what they thought was an issue and protecting the area where there was damage, causing the pain.
I attending many physiotherapists and osteopaths in my local area, received many treatments and was told I need to be patient and persistent with the treatments, which I was. I saw several and each new therapist stated I should complete at least 3 months with them – which I did. I wasnt getting better so then decided a different course of treatment was required and I turned to Acupuncture. It was really interesting and I actually did feel it helped me, but again after 3 months I was still in pain.
I’d been told about Perfect Balance through a colleague at work – “Perfect Balance are great, my wife visited them and they treated her perfectly” – I researched them on line and all the comments were positive. In my mind they were just another Osteopath or Physiotherapist – they all say the same and I’m just going down the same road again. But I’d had enough and needed it sorted – I’m based in Watford and they had clinics in St Albans, Hatfield or Harley Street – I thought to myself is it worth making this journey for the same results?
I had an initial appointment in St Albans with Stephen Makinde – we discussed the history and I advised him what I told all the previous consultants – I remember telling him it was nerve or muscles over reacting to something that isnt an issue. But he didnt take my word for it and started asking questions that didnt relate to my back. “How does it feel when you do this” – “And if you do this, where does it hurt” or “Are you able to access a bath easily”. I asked the questions openly and honestly and following this I was lying on the treatment table with my legs and hips being gently manipulated.
After my first consultation – even providing Stephen with exactly the same information I provided to numerous different experts, I knew that he’d recognised a different issue. I previously had an X ray on what was the effected area and provided this to Stephen – it was an X ray on my lower back. Whilst he didnt dismiss this totally – there and then he stated that the issue was not in that area – this was the area that many GP’s, Osteopaths, Physio’s had stated and only Stephen recognised this error. Within a week I had a scan on my hip and am now going through corrective procedure, for my hip.
I only had 2 consultations with Stephen – that’s all he needed. Every other “expert” or consultant seemed to want me back weekly for 3 months. Stephen identified this issue immediately and has put me on the course to recovery.
In writing this all I would say is speak to an expert who doesnt just know one area. Speak to someone who understands the whole body. If you are in the research phase of reviewing your symptoms or are not sure of what to do – please do not buy into a 3 month plan, see someone who wants to help and knows how to help. Stephen has my contact details and if you would like to speak to me about what I’ve written or more information, please request them from Stephen – I wish Perfect Balance were my first port of call.