About: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 3XT
Posted by wheelchairstuntpilot (as ),
My great experience with the Regional Disability Team at Walkergate Park continues.
Following a broken hip last summer they are working hard to help me with core stability and strength using physio and various exercises at home. I have been paraplegic for 11 years after a bike accident and the recent fracture has left me with a shortened leg and misalignment of my pelvis, exacerbating my "chair shape".
Jill and David at the RDT decided that hydrotherapy would help. They have had some issues with staff shortage so my treatment has been a bit sporadic but they have sorted that now and yesterday I had a great session with a new guy, Mark, who clearly has a wealth of knowledge and experience, quickly working out what I needed and giving me some pretty strenuous stuff to do as well as spending a lot of time stretching out leg muscles that have been unused for years. First class.
If you are a wheelchair user and get the opportunity to have some hydrotherapy I recommend you grab it - it is really beneficial; after only a few sessions I already feel that I am sitting straighter in my wheelchair and just generally feeling better.