“ 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
CD - Client
“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
NY - Client
“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
Sarah Lambert - Competitive Swimmer
“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.”
Noelle - Client
“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.”
Dr Stan. F. Switala PhD, Retired Gerontologist
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.”
Abby, Menston, Leeds
“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.”
Fiona Halstead - Leeds, May 2016
“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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.