Here is a selection of what our patients and doctors/specialists we work with are saying about us:
Over the last 10 years I have consistently referred patients to the team at Physiocure®. The bespoke treatment Anna and Louise offer patients is ideal for the complex hip patients we have in the practice. Physiocure® provides a streamlined rehabilitation programme through the surgical pathway that is evidence and experience based. Good communication between the physio team and surgeon gives the patients confidence in decision making and has been a key to our success in aiding the patients to recovery.
Jon Conroy BSc.MSc.MB.ChB. FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Anna and Louise at Physiocure® have been treating patients from the Yorkshire Knee Clinic for over 15 years with excellent results. Together with their team of highly professional colleagues, they are able to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for our patients.
I am delighted to recommend their expertise for all patients with knee conditions including sports injuries in professional athletes (or enthusiastic amateurs!) or patients struggling with knee pain from arthritis. The Yorkshire Knee Clinic prefer to work interactively with their therapy colleagues in both the treatment of patients as well as education and this is a common ideal of Physiocure®.
Nick London, MA MD (Cantab) FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Specialist Knee Surgeon
The Yorkshire Knee Clinic, Harrogate, Leeds
I have worked with Louise and all the team at Physiocure® for a number of years. Both herself and Anna run an excellent practice combining up-to-date knowledge, a wealth of experience and a highly motivated team. I am always confident that they will manage my patients well and provide the level of feedback that is often necessary when caring for patients who have undergone complex surgery. I have no hesitation in recommending them to any patients from the Leeds area and am always confident that they will be looked after well.
Professor Max Fehily
Consultant Hip Surgeon
Manchester Hip Clinic
I have worked with Anna and Louise for many years now and found them to be exceptional physiotherapists. They have successfully treated many of my more complex shoulder patients, as well as athletes.
They keep up to date on all the current advances in shoulder rehabilitation, regularly attending our training courses and conferences. They are excellent with patients and regularly keep me updated on patient progress. I recommend them highly and look forward to many more years working with this exceptional clinic
Lennard Funk, BSc MSc FRCS(Tr&Orth) FFSEM(UK)
Shoulder Surgeon, Wrightington Hospital
Honorary Professor, Salford University
I came to Physiocure® after many failed attempts to find help with some complex musculoskeletal problems, especially chronic hip and knee pain and inflammation.
I travelled 5 hours by car from my home in Sussex for two days of intensive sessions with many different people in the Physiocure® team.
I can say without any reservation that not only was it more than worth the trip, but that I would and will do it again, because the care, concern, dedication and professionalism of everyone I encountered at Physiocure® was absolutely outstanding.
In my long experience of trying to find physiotherapists that would help, Physiocure® is unique. I not only found enormous knowledge, experience and expertise, I also found a team of dedicated professionals coordinating their different skills to engage with *all* the different dimensions of my physical problems, and willing to take a completely holistic view of my health situation.
Their experience of hip problems, especially unusual hip morphologies, was particularly outstanding and not something I have found anywhere else. Louise's knowledge and experience is extraordinary. If you are looking for expert help with your hips, you won't find anyone better.
The physio assessment from Eliza and Louise was a more comprehensive, detailed and thorough physical screening than I have ever received, and the tissue release they did for my hip pain was absolutely brilliant. During all my sessions with Eliza in the pool, with Julie for Pilates, and with Tom in the gym, I felt cared for, listened to, and most importantly, that I was getting a totally customised programme adjusted to exactly where I am and what I can and can't do. For two I had a team of dedicated and generous people coordinating with each other to target my specific problems, providing advice and goals specifically tailored to my body and situation, and not just offering generic solutions. It really was amazing.
In conclusion I can only say that I will be recommending Physiocure® without reservation to anyone who is looking for help with musculoskeletal problems, and above all those with hip pain. Even if you live far away from Leeds, it really is worth travelling to get there.
Camilla Black, Sussex
Treatment and advice from Eliza at Physiocure® has resulted in me being pain free and able to train. Very Pleased
Liam Matthews, Golf Pro
Louise was recommended to me prior to my FAI and labral tear hip surgery in February 2014. Louise's knowledge and experience was apparent immediately she was extremely empathetic, professional and truthful. I commenced a thorough programme of pre and post op physio. Daunted by the thought of surgery and the lengthy period of very limited immobility thereafter; this was a very worrying and stressful time for me, especially as a very active person. Her 'Hip Arthroscopy rehabilitation guide’ was absolutely invaluable to me. I committed to myself that I would adhere to her recommendations totally, working as hard as I could daily, both mentally and physically, to get myself back on track. My regular visits back to see Louise gave me reassurance and motivation to 'carry on.' At times my programme was adjusted with Louise using her incredible skill and insight. I now feel great and 'normal' again! Thanks Louise for everything. You have really helped to put me back together again!
I had my left Peri-Acetabular Osteotomy (PAO) in January and it has been 9 weeks since my operation. I was very apprehensive about my rehab and worried about being unable to do anything for a long period of time but Eliza has made everything so much easier and more positive than I could ever imagined. I have been seeing her every Monday for hydrotherapy and physiotherapy, she worked on different problem areas and given me lots of exercises to do at home and her support and care has been overwhelming. She makes me a fruit tea every week which is a lovely friendly touch and she makes me feel looked after and very comfortable. During my recover I have looked forward to going every week as I know I will see and feel the differences from week to week. I still have a while to go until I am fully recovered but knowing I have the support of Eliza is making it feel much more achievable. I am nowhere near as apprehensive about having my other hip done next year. Thank you for all your help
Jodie Howard - Leeds
My first appointment at Physiocure® was in October 2012 after just been diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia, right CAM impingement and hyper-mobility syndrome. At this stage I was at really low ebb and ready to ‘throw the towel in’ after been bounced around various health professionals without any effective treatment or understanding of my health conditions.
Right from the begging of my treatment plan commencing with Louise at Physiocure® I have been treated in a holistic manner. She looks at the overall picture, not just the sight of the pain. This helps in eliminating the cause of the problem as well as helping with widespread pain.
Louise has made a great difference to the quality of my life and guided me through my rehabilitation pre and post hip surgery. The road to recovery has been a rather long rocky one but with her depth of knowledge and her expertise she has enabled me to have a thorough understanding of my treatment plan and be actively involved.
Louise has excellent diagnostic skills, can provide a wide range of treatment options and is interested in rehabilitation and education to help manage recurring problems whilst continually encouraging me to help myself. The quality of her specialist expertise is phenomenal and by far the best for effective treatment that I have ever experienced. Louise always goes above and beyond and I can now see light at the end of the tunnel.
Natasha Martin - Huddersfield
I've been seeing Eliza for rehabilitation from a hip arthroscopy for several months. I immediately felt comfortable with Eliza; she is friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. Despite a couple of setbacks in my recovery, she has remained positive and this has really helped me as it has been a frustrating and lengthy process. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Eliza as I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Eliza as I wouldn't have been so far down the road to recovery without her.
Louise Thompson - Wakefield
I started to get pain in my right hip when I was playing tennis, walking long distances or after a run, when I stopped running and started walking again. I went to my GP who sent me for an xray. The xray report said I had hip dyplasia. The GP then sent me to see Louise at Physiocure® as he knew she dealt with this type of problem. After an assessment with Louise, she recommended I see Mr Witt in London who specialises in hip dysplasia. I got referred to Mr Witt who thought I was suitable for a periacetabular osteotomy operation (PAO). He booked me in for surgery for 2 months time.
I was pretty scared about it all as I really dislike hospitals so I kept myself really busy before, didn’t read much about it and had a new kitchen fitted the month of my operation, which was completed 4 days before I went into hospital . I also have a really busy job so luckily it was Summer, when we are quieter but I had to hand everything over to my assistant – much to his horr or/delight! I also continued going to the gym, swimming right up until the week of my operation as I did not have much pain here – I was just not allowed to run.
The operation went fine and I was more terrified about being put to sleep, waking up and hitting someone, as one of my colleagues told me they had done this , rather than the actual operation. The worst bit after was on Day 2 when the physio made me get out of bed and try walking on crutches, where I nearly fainted and felt really sick! But I perse vered, and by the weekend I was walking the length of the floor, up stairs, back across the floor and back down the stairs. I also had Hydro which was brilliant as I was able to do so much in the water without worrying about injuring myself.
I was quite lucky in that I did not have much pain at all – I either have a high pain threshold or I did in fact not have much pain, as once I returned home, after 6 days in hospital; I started to come off the pills I was on bit by bit. On my return home I started phys io with Louise which involved hydrotherapy, various exercises and ‘hands on’ treatment. It was reassuring to know she had rehabilitated people from this surgery before and was in contact with Mr Witt.
Being such a busy person, being stuck at home did drive me mad and also living on my own, my Mum had to move in for 3 weeks – so that was probably one of the most difficult things. But as my confidence grew, I would get the bus into town to meet friends for dinner or go to the cinema and then come back on the bus – crutches are useful as the bus waits for you and people give up their seats.
I have now forgotten how long it has been since my operation (6 months – I had to check) and I pretty much back to normal. I haven’t really had any hip pain, just more with the muscles and getting them to wake back up but I have taken it steady. I am now cycling 10k at the gym on the stationary bike, and I am working myself up to a mile swim – but seem to have been able to keep the speed so far, so I am just as quick as I always was. I will try running again in a month or so, but once all my muscles are OK.
The most important thing is to listen to the surgeon and the physio and actually do the exercises they tell you to do. I made sure I did these everyday which I think has helped me to get better quicker. You also shouldn’t try to rush – so if you are told to be off work for 10 weeks, take the time as work really does survive without you – the company I work for has survived with me being away, and face it, when will you get such an opportunity again.
Victoria Winn Testimonial for Hip-Physiocure®
I first attended Physiocure® in February 2011 and saw Louise. Meeting Louise changed my life. I had previously had hip surgery and unfortunately developed adhesions, which meant another operation. Both before and after surgery care was second to none from Louise. I felt cared for by somebody who had such expertise in hip rehabilitation.
Her knowledge is vast and she endeavours to continually encourage myself. My recovery has been a long and slow process due to my condition, however Louise has gone above and beyond her duty to ensure I am rehabilitating correctly. Not only have I had support during physio sessions/hydrotherapy, she has also been on the end of the phone line during my dark difficult recovery days. She really is a special person and deserves a lot of recognition for her commitment to hip rehabilitation and for always keeping up to date with the latest techniques. Thank you again Louise.
CD, Halifax – July 2011
Having suffered from back pain for 6 years and visited various chiropractors and physiotherapists with limited results, I first consulted Louise in February 2009. Louise quickly identified an underlying structural hip problem which has since resulted in recent successful hip surgery to resolve.
Louise has provided excellent support and physiotherapy including massage, acupuncture and a pilates based exercise program to help preparations for, and recovery from the operation. She works closely with the UK’s top hip surgeons including observing operations so that she can continue to develop and maintain her knowledge to support her clients.
I have been impressed by Louise's knowledge, professional approach and her willingness to go the extra mile including providing one-to-one hydrotherapy sessions. I have recommended her on a number of occasions to friends and colleagues and will continue to do so.
NY, Leeds – November 2010
Competitive swimming demands a high intensity training programme, and like many other swimmers I have developed the associated problems which are predominantly with my shoulders. However, after an operation on my shoulder in 1999 to rectify a lond standing condition, I was convinced that when healed, I would be able to train and compete without any further trouble. The initial elation of being able to get back into full training was marred, as it wasn't long before complications started to occur with the very same shoulder. At first I tried to ignore the discomfort, but this exacerbated the problem and resulted in the pain when swimming becoming much worse, which is when I contacted Physiocure®.
My initial consultation with Louise at Physiocure® left me feeling positive, with a practical plan of how I was going to overcome my injury. Louise not only treated the symptoms but also looked for the cause, discovering that I had an underlying muscular imbalance which was resulting in a painful shoulder impingement. Once I had a diagnosis of the problem, I received treatment on the inflamed area which helped to relieve the discomfort; also Louise planned a programme of exercises to address the muscular imbalance. Without doubt, this combined approach of remedial and preventative treatment and exercise is successful and has helped to minimise the occurrence of similar injuries.
Since then, whenever injuries do occur, I have not hestitated in contacting Physiocure® for friendly and professional advice. I recognise that for as long as I compete, issues will arise; but I am confident that with Louise's expertise, and patience on my pasrt, I will beable to deal with problems as and when they develop. I'm extremely grateful to Physiocure® for enabling me to continue to take part in the sport I love.
Sarah Lambert - competitive swimmer (Selby). March 2010 British Masters record holder - 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke.
I first went to Physiocure® because I was suffering from severe pains in my calves and shins whenever I ran for more than 5 minutes. I had gone to my GP first who referred me to a podiatrist then an orthopaedic consultant. The latter of these informed me I had Compartment Syndrome and would need surgery to correct it. This would have left me with two scars on each leg.
Luckily my mum didn't like the sound of this and booked me in with Anna. In our first session she told me that Compartment Syndrome was very unlikely given that it usually arises after some kind of muscle trauma (which I had not had) and was shocked to find that I had not actually been given the test for it. Anna's diagnosis was muscle imbalance i.e. my upper leg muscles and glutes weren't strong enough so my lower legs were overworking to compensate. No surgery required, just physiotherapy on my calves and shins to relieve the tension, and a list of exercises to strengthen my other muscles.
I noticed a marked improvement after my first few sessions and it has now made such a difference that my legs have completely changed shape – my calves have slimmed down and my thighs are more defined. I can't thank Anna enough for the work she's done with me and especially for saving me from surgery that I didn't even need.
Julie has helped me with my posture and hip mobility. She has a natural ability to combine demonstrations and clear instructions for exercises with good subject knowledge, support and advice.
Julie is an excellent pilates instructor. My mobility and strength have really improved since seeing her. Her tutition is informative, practical and transferable to every day life. I would recommend her to all.
I am pleased to recommend Julie, who has been my instructor of Pilates for many years. During that time, I have come to know her as an excellent role model for her peers.
Julie is a rare type of instructor who combines exceptional natural ability with a willingness and eagerness to learn and attends courses to further her knowledge. She can then pass on this knowledge during her sessions with great clarity. I would recommend her without hesitation for any rehabilitation or fitness program.
Dr Stan. F. Switala PhD, Retired Gerontologist
Julie has supported me through two pregnancies. I have had two children since 2012 and before pregnancy I was very active at the gym. Through one to one tuition she supported me to remain active and do appropriate pre natal exercise. I developed no problems with my hips or lower back through my pregnancies, I feel the exercises I undertook helped to strengthen this area. After both my children Julie helped me re strengthen my stomach muscles and checked regularly that progress was being made. She also adapted exercises for the early stages of breastfeeding. I would highly recommend Julie and her expertise.
Abby, Menston, Leeds
I have had a complicated hip condition since childhood resulting in very limited movement in the joint, osteoarthritis and associated chronic back pain. I have been attending Physiocure® for over 10 years where Louise and, and lately Eliza, have provided excellent support and care allowing me to maintain mobility and manage my disability.
More recently, following a period of acute immobilising back pain, I have had the great pleasure of working with Karen on a Pilates programme to stabilise my hip joint and strength my core to support my back and manage the pain.
My sessions with Karen have been a revelation, she is so positive, exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced. Her bespoke, holistic exercise plan has taken into account my ‘unique hip problem’. After only three sessions my pain has reduced significantly and I am walking and standing better than I have in years. She has even encouraged me to get back in the swimming pool and to make a few positive and healthy choices resulting in losing a bit of weight as well - Everyone should have a Karen in their lives!
Thank you Physiocure® for your many years of care and support – my 4th emergency service!
Fiona Halstead - Leeds, May 2016
When I had a severe ongoing problem with tendonitis in my Achilles it was worked on over a period by Anna Higo, a senior physiotherapist at Physiocure, who also suggested a referral at an early stage for tailored personal training from Tom Higo.
Tom, having been fully briefed by Anna, set up a tailored program with regular modification to improve flexibility and keep me in shape during the recovery and rehab process but also to help accelerate the recovery itself as the problem diminished.
I am now a convert to the use of this dual approach to recovery from injury. I have also developed a healthy respect for a broader program of exercise than I was previously undertaking, which I have subsequently kept up.