Marielle, UK - firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm an 18 year old in full-time dance training, so the well-being of my body is incredibly important to me!! About 6 weeks ago I developed an awful pain in my coccyx which was strange as I hadn't fallen or damaged it as far as I could remember, it was totally out of the blue. Due to the nature of my lifestyle being so physical I felt in so much pain whenever I tried to dance, specifically on steps that required me to bend my body over. I tried to continue on for a while presuming I'd just bruised it without realising but the pain continued and got worse to the point where sitting and even standing felt painful. I saw my dance college's on site physio who presumed I just had tight back muscles and told me to rest and take it easy on certain movements. I persisted with this for about 2 weeks and when it wasn't improving I went to see a doctor at an emergency walk in who told me to take pain killers and that it was nothing serious, just 'back pain'. I became very frustrated with not being able to dance properly, being in constant pain and not having a proper diagnosis.
After finding out about Sayer Clinic and Dr Michael Durtnall (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London) I booked an appointment. This was the best decision I could've made! His professionalism and knowledge is fantastic. He was able to take X-rays and explain to me exactly why I was in pain and how he could help me with manual manipulation. After just seeing him once my pain had decreased an amazing amount, I couldn't have imagined his help would work so quickly. I was able to dance with minimised pain straight away and he has helped me improve my posture immensely too. I've now seen him again and can barely feel it at all now!
I would highly recommend anyone experiencing coccyx pain to visit him, he will work wonders for you! :)
Note from Jon Miles:
I emailed more than a year after this story was posted, to ask for an update, as the long-term outcome of treatment is of great interest. In this case I did not get a reply.