Sayer Clinic - Michael Durtnall - coccyx review

Catherine, UK

Posted 2017-02-05

My coccyx pain started back in May 2016, I was doing a lot of overtime at work, which includes a lot of heavy lifting and being bent over for long periods of time cleaning out animals.

Starting as just a little twinge in my lower back/coccyx area, I thought I had just pulled a muscle or something and hoped, with a little rest, it would go away.

Months passed and the pain got worse, radiating down my legs and all the way up my back. I had been to the Drs a few times by this point and was prescribed various medications which just made me feel groggy and awful rather than doing anything for the pain. I was then referred to orthopedics on the NHS, got sent for an MRI scan of my lumber spine, to be told my coccyx was unremarkable in shape and position but I had some issues with my discs. They said that if my coccyx was still painful then they would send me for the injections and that would stop the pain.

Leaving my appointment (which was at the beginning of July) I felt lost and had no clue as to why I was in so much pain if everything was perfectly fine and now was the long wait for an appointment to go in for the injections (which I was told would be a minimum of 3 months wait). As time went on and I was completely unable to work, depressed and some days unable to walk due to the sciatic pain I was getting with it, I became more and more desperate to get myself sorted. So I grabbed the iPad and did hours upon hours of research into the coccyx, coccydynia, cures, cortisone injections and peoples experiences etc and thankfully stumbled across this site and found Michael Durtnall at the Sayer Clinic in Kensington, London (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London).

I instantly called up and booked an assessment for the 3 November 2016. I was quite anxious about the assessment as I had already seen a few different Drs and they all seemed as if they didn't want to take the time to talk to me. But within 5 minutes of talking with Michael, I was completely at ease and knew I was making the right choice to not go through with the injections (which actually only irritate the problem even more) He then took 3 X-rays, only to find I had scoliosis, quite a bad neck tilt and a few other issues as well as a dislocated coccyx! Which was so obvious even I could point it out on the X-ray.

Michael advised that I return weekly for internal manipulation. I think this is the main thing that puts people off with this treatment, and I'll admit, I was very nervous about it! Not so much the pain side of things, but more the fact I have quite an unpredictable digestive condition. But I can promise you, its completely painless and Michael is so lovely and chatty that he really makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.

I can't thank Michael enough for giving me my life back! In fact, I feel better than I did before I even had back pain, its amazing what good posture can do for you! Going from being a workaholic and constantly on the go, to being bed bound and in agony every day took such a toll on my mental state. And now, only a few months later (with a little set back over Christmas due to a sickness bug) I'm back to work full time and finally back to the gym! With only some moderate muscle ache in my lower back and glutes due to muscles adjusting.

If you're reading this review, you're probably in a world of pain and at the end of your tether with no light at the end of the tunnel, as we all were. Just pick up the phone, get yourself booked and Michael will help 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.

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