While the elite athletes grab the headlines, every patient that comes through our clinics has a great story to tell. Whether that’s getting prepared for their next big ski trip or taking on a marathon that they thought was out of their reach.
Here are some of the testimonials we’ve had from patients this week – they’ve all given us permission to publish their stories.
“Any chance you can please pass on my thanks to Jeff for the time he spent fixing up my knee and shoulder. Things are working OK at the moment !!! A few strange sensations in the knee but apart from that feeling really good!!!
And it’s all held up to let me manage my three biggish trips of the year so far:
Ski tour in the Haute Maurienne !!!!
The Welsh 3000s !!!! Top 24 hours !!!
And a week’s alpine Climbing in the Ecrin !!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much !!!
[Scott sent us the picture above].
Since I last saw you in early June, I am happy to say that the policy of ‘bossing’ my patella tendon with increasing weight has paid off. I maintained the running at 45 mins but threw a lot of hilly walks with a weighted pack and more heavy leg presses at it. My calf was feeling a bit troublesome so I booked a precautionary session with Hannah but took your advice and spent time getting glutes/piriformis roughed up to deal with nerve issues rather than the actual calf. The big test was the mountain marathon weekend a week ago and I was incredibly surprised at what it lived through – admittedly not much running but a heavier pack than my training and more height than they usually give for the class we entered – including a checkpoint at the very summit trig point on Helvellyn and non-stop steep fell descent straight to the bottom at Thirlmere! A real quad burner but the knee felt remarkably good.
My recovery routine was to get my legs moving at 6am Monday morning to get a flight for a week of swimming and tennis with the family in Tenerife. Given that my wife had already warned me not to do anything stupid on the mountain weekend to jeopardise the holiday activities, I was really impressed with my knee not giving me any trouble afterwards, not even with all the stop/start of a tennis court every day.
So, I will now get back into the gym sessions to keep the weight work going and will focus on increasing the running time significantly alongside the hill walks. My target will be the far more arduous mountain marathon in October via some trail runs along the way. I will see how this goes but am very optimistic. I certainly cannot quite believe where I have got to given that 3 months ago I was on the verge of cancelling my entry to the event I have just done. For that, I really appreciate your insight, advice and encouragement, especially as it was another terrific shared experience with my son as my team member and at his age there probably won’t be many more such opportunities before he finds far more exciting things to do!
As ever, many thanks.