Christine Harpur is a business woman in Belfast. Bilateral osteoarthritis of the knee had left her in constant pain and forced her to rely on a walking stick.
“Knee pain had started to restrict my daily routine, severely limiting my movement. I couldn’t dance, work out, go for long walks and I was experiencing a lot of pain at night.”
To increase her range of movement Christine received intensive physiotherapy. She also had a course of three injections over a nine month period, but by the third, she found there was hardly any symptom relief.
“Eventually I met with a specialist orthopedic consultant who outlined my options – basically knee replacement, knee replacement or knee replacement!”
Having reluctantly set a date for knee surgery, Christine came across an article headlined ‘revolutionary new non-surgical treatment for knee injuries’. She described her condition to an AposTherapist representative who explained the concept behind the fully personalised knee osteoarthritis care programme she could join.
“I then spoke to my physio who keeps up to date with new treatments and asked if this all sounded ‘too good to be true?’ Her answer was – ‘absolutely not! It is based on established biomechanical principles and well worth trying.’
Christine’s initial consultation included a full physical examination by her AposTherapist, WOMAC and SF-36 function and quality of life questionnaires and computerised spatio-temporal gait analysis which measures cadence, step length and velocity. Christine’s AposTherapist then fitted her with a personally adjusted biomechanical AposTherapy system and according to Christine “Within minutes I felt less pain.”
Spurred on by the immediate improvement felt during her initial consultation, Christine progress persisted. Her AposTherapist continuously monitored her by phone and during regular follow up consultations where clinical examination, gait analysis and pain and function questionnaires were repeated and when necessary her biomechanical system was adjusted to optimise therapy outcomes.
Today, Christine is no longer in any pain and can walk, unaided, as far as she wants.
“AposTherapy has basically worked a miracle on me! After 18 months I felt confident enough to be without my AposTherapy system for a month when I went on holiday and while walking through the water I could actually feel my knee getting stronger...
I no longer use a walking stick, I’m not in constant pain and I can do everything everyone else is doing. It is not an understatement to say that the treatment has given me back my normal life. I walk, swim, dance, work, play and follow my hobbies just as I did before. My friends and family are probably fed up with my crusading! I tell everyone about the treatment – just in case they have friends or relatives who may be in a similar situation.”