“Apex Clinic cured my back pain, and stopped me needing surgery”

For 45-year-old Charlotte King from Whitehead, life was a struggle. For over 7 years, she suffered from severe back pain, coupled with sciatica, which was ruining the quality of her life. While on the waiting list for back surgery, she visited Apex Clinic, desperate to find a cure. Here, she shares how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist physiotherapy treatment, called The Nelson Spinal Approach™, completely cleared her pain, meaning that she no longer requires surgery.

Charlotte, tell us when your pain began

After having my first baby seven years ago, I began suffering from lower back pain. This initially came and went and I was able to manage it somewhat with pain killers. However, out of nowhere, it became constant and I began suffering from sciatica in my left leg, which was unbearable. I knew there was no way I could live with it so tried to find a cure. I saw two different physios, a chiropractor, and even went for acupuncture, none of which offered any lasting relief at all. I was put on three different types of pain killers, which did very little to mask the pain. Last Christmas, I had a really bad flare up, which meant that I ended up in bed. I have two young children so it was just dreadful. Following this, I had an MRI scan, which showed a bulging disc in my lower back. The consultant recommended surgery to correct it and so I was put on the NHS waiting list.

How did the pain affect your life?

It was awful and I was regularly incapacitated. The only way I can describe it is likening it to having a red hot poker attached to my leg. No matter what way I lay, sat and moved, I was in constant agony. When I had an especially bad flare up, my mum had to move in to help me with the kids. Honestly, childbirth was a walk in the park compared to this. I was regularly crying due to the pain.

What led you to Apex Clinic?

I saw a post on Facebook about another patient who had suffered from excruciating back pain. I read their interview and everything sounded similar to my experience. I knew that if there was a chance I could avoid back surgery, it was worth taking, as after all, I had tried everything else and I had nothing to lose.

During my first appointment with Nicole, I felt like she was the only person to understand my pain. Everyone else I saw kept telling me that it was a ‘process’ and would take a great deal of time. However, following assessment, Nicole was confident she could treat it and honestly, I felt relief straight away. Within just 2 weeks I was able to come off my pain killers and after a couple of months, I was pain-free. I am delighted to say that since the summer, I am 100% pain-free.

How has Apex Clinic changed your life?

My life has completely changed! I am able to run around after the kids with ease. Perhaps the biggest relief is no longer requiring back surgery, which was a scary prospect to face. I’m so glad I found an alternative, which worked wonders for me.

What advice would you offer someone suffering from back pain / sciatica?

I have already recommended Apex Clinic to so many friends and family members and I have no hesitation in doing so to you. I was led to believe that all physios are the same but the treatment offered at Apex Clinic is not like anything else that is out there.

To book an appointment at Apex Clinic, call 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.