Many years of poor posture affecting my whole spine

Rebecca, UK

Posted 2020-05-03

I developed severe coccydynia in October 2019, having never suffered with any problems previously. No identifiable triggers, but the effects were profound and life-changing. In the space of a few days, I was unable to sit, mobilise, bend or do much else. I had to be off sick from work, couldn't take my kids to school, or drive. I was debilitated. I managed initially by taking many various forms of pain relief, saw a private physiotherapist; had acupuncture, ultrasound therapy and saw my GP. Unfortunately nothing helped.

I sought advice online, red all that there was available about coccydynia and came across Dr Michael Durtnall's clinic in Kensington (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London). My initial appointment consisted of a thorough assessment of the nature of the pain and a full spinal assessment. He highlighted the fact that my poor posture was affecting my whole spine, and that this was likely due to many years of poor sitting and posture. He performed an x-ray which was helpful and which he interpreted at that same appointment. He also performed a manual manipulation of my coccyx and advised that I'd require regular treatments with the expectancy of improvement.

My pain felt significantly better after the first course of treatment, and I adopted his suggested measures for improving my posture, with special emphasis of reversing my forward head posture and I also got a coccyx wedge cushion which helped. I have since completed 4 treatments with Dr Durtnall and my pain has effectively completely resolved. It is exacerbated by sitting for long periods, which I now know to not do.

I cannot thank Dr Durtnall enough for his expertise, proficiency and dedication to the field of Coccydynia. His knowledge, approach, and care is second to none and I have total trust in his approach. Thank you Dr Durtnall.

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