Kenny, a professional footballer, suffered back pain and sciatica during a match in early 2016. He was told by specialists to stop playing football and that he needed surgery to fix the problem. A friend recommended he see Niall and try physio first. After receiving treatment, Kenny is now back playing football and has completely avoided surgery. Here is the story in his own words.
I developed an intense lower back pain whilst playing football in May 2016, which then began shooting down the back of my leg into my foot. I had to stop immediately and my club sent me to see an orthopaedic specialist who ordered an MRI. This revealed that there was a prolapsed disc in my lower back that was pressing on my sciatic nerve.
The specialist recommended surgery to resolve the problem but neither my myself nor my club could finance such a procedure so I ended up resting completely, hoping that the problem would resolve by itself.
After 6 months of rest from all activity the pain in my back and leg was still as bad as ever. I couldn’t bend forward without intense pain or sit for any length of time without the nerve being aggravated. That was when a friend recommended that I see Niall as he had previously had the same symptoms as me that Niall had successfully treated and hadn’t had any issues since.
The first time I saw Niall he diagnosed the problem, explained the treatment plan and began treatment straight away. He used IMS initially to settle the nerve pain down and I noticed an immediate improvement in my symptoms and my movement. After 6 sessions I was completely pain-free and could bend forward and touch my toes without any issues.
Niall then guided me through a specific exercise program to strengthen my lower back so that it could cope with starting to run again and eventually get back into football training. Throughout this process I didn’t suffer any relapses of my back pain and am happy to say that I am back playing football again symptom-free.