"Hydrotherapy"

About: Crosshouse Hospital / Physiotherapy

(as the patient),

In February, 2018 I started getting chronic lower back, hip and leg pain that severely limited my movement. Having tried physiotherapy treatment backed up with very strong pain killers for almost a year unsuccessfully it was suggested that I might like to give hydrotherapy a try. After about four sessions at Arrol Park in Ayr with a physiotherapist we started to see minor improvement. I continued there for a few more weeks and then it was suggested that I could move on to Crosshouse Hospital as they had a hydrotherapy pool on site. The ongoing improvement has been fantastic. I am now able to stand up straight, walk for approximately one mile and best of all I have taken no pain killers now for almost four months.

I am aware that this will always be an ongoing problem for me as one disc has exploded and the base of my spine is crumbling, however, if I continue to regularly use any form of water therapy I should be able to maintain a quality of life I thought was totally lost to me for the foreseeable future.

I do feel that hydrotherapy should be more available to people with chronic back pain as for me it has been nothing short of a new lease of life

Responses

Response from Eunice Goodwin, Patient Feedback Manager for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Quality Improvement and Governance Team, NHS Ayrshire and Arran 5 months ago
Eunice Goodwin
Patient Feedback Manager for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Quality Improvement and Governance Team,
NHS Ayrshire and Arran

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Submitted on 17/10/2019 at 14:56
Published on Care Opinion at 14:56


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Dear tomarlyn,

I am sorry to hear you have had back problems, sounds really painful and restricting for you. On the plus side I am delighted to hear how successful Hydrotherapy has been for you.

I will pass this to the Physiotherapy teams and senior management team for their reflection. I am sure they will be delighted with your lovely and helpful feedback. Thank you so much for taking time to share this with us.

Best of luck with your onward recovery,

Eunice

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