Sydney Williams-Howe is our first Patient of the Month for 2020, and here the 16 year old explains how David Williams at our Altrincham clinic has been helping her get back to being fighting fit for a forthcoming training camp in Atlanta.
“I first saw David Williams at Harris & Ross, in late November 2019, after suffering an injury during my Cadet fencing Nationals. This was an injury to my right brachial plexus (the network of nerves that sends signals from your spinal cord to your shoulder, arm and hand) which left me with numbness down my right arm and hand, lack of strength and limited movement. This sadly meant that I missed the all-important final session of my cadet career.
Before I saw David, I had been out of any form of exercise for two and a half months, so I had lost a lot of strength in my arms and legs. I did not realise the severity of the injury before going to David. He helped me first to recover from the initial injury and now we are working on gaining my core strength back, before I head to Atlanta on January 20th for an eight-week intensive training program.
As I started fencing from a young age I was not aware of how unbalanced my body was, however now I have a series of exercises that not only increase my mobility in my right shoulder but also strengthen my ability as a fencer. Whilst I am not fully recovered and have had some minor setbacks, I have been able to make some major strides in my recovery plan. I have gained full mobility in my shoulder and have also been able to go back to full training. I have also managed to represent my region in the 2019 cadet Winton cup – bringing a victory home to the North-West! I really appreciate all the work that David has put into my recovery and I hope to continue working together!”
Well done to Sydney and we look forward to following your Fencing career as you progress!
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