Cause of injury:
Ann is a fit and active lady in her late fifties.
Whilst on a backpacking trip in May 2009, she started to suffer
from severe back and sciatic pain.
The most likely trigger for her sudden onset of pain was due to a
combination of sitting on a long haul flight from Britain and lifting
a heavy rucksack.
After a number of days backpacking, she was unable to move or sit
without severe pain.
Advice and treatment:
As she was on holiday in an unfamiliar place, the normal avenues of private or state
physiotherapy were more difficult to access, but the place she was staying had internet
access thus allowing her to contact Physiobench for advice.
A specific range of exercises were provided that could be done in
the limited confines of a tent or hostel room. In addition, advice was
added about measures that could be taken to ease the pain, still travel,
but prevent any lasting damage.
Within a couple of days of starting the exercises, the pain had started
to settle enough for Ann to be able to resume with her
Throughout the remainder of the trip, Ann continued to do her
exercises as much as possible and on return from holiday, she
activated a follow up assessment with Physiobench, in which she was
given a programme of exercises to strengthen appropriate muscles to help
prevent future recurrences.
Ann made a full recovery and has returned to work and all her
normal sporting activities. She continues to do some core stability work
from her follow up programme on an occasional basis to prevent a
recurrence of the problem.
"It was horrendous to suddenly be in a position where it looked like my
long planned holiday was in ruins. The fact that this happened to me in a
foreign country where I didn't know where to turn for help made matters
To get an immediate response from Physiobench which was full of
reassurance and positive things that I could be doing was literally a
lifeline - thanks again"