Apex Clinic has restored the quality of my life!

For 32-year-old Simon Hamilton from Newtownards, life was a struggle. Severe back pain was having a devastating impact on his life. Desperate to get some relief he visited, Apex Clinic, Belfast. Here, Simon describes how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist manual physiotherapy treatment, called The Nelson Spinal ApproachTM cleared his back pain, meaning that he could finally get his life back on track.

Simon, when did your back pain begin?

I had been experiencing severe pain in my back since 2013. There was no obvious reason for why this began. I did badly hurt my back playing cricket when I was 15 years old but after a few months this eased. It was about 6 years later when I developed significant problems with my back.

How did the pain affect your life?

The pain meant I couldn’t participate in the sports that I enjoyed playing. I had always played rugby, cricket and football. I also spent a lot of time outdoors and I was really limited in what I could do due to the severe pain and issues related to my back, at times my legs would even give way. This led to periods when my mood was low due to how debilitating my condition was.

What led you to Apex Clinic?

I had tried everything. I had been to my GP, tried physio elsewhere and was attending the pain clinic. At the pain clinic they tried Radiofrequency Ablation to help with my pain. The first time I had the procedure it helped ease my pain but the second time my pain became much worse and on the third occasion the relief only lasted 3 days. At this stage I went to see a Spinal Consultant privately who referred me to Apex Clinic for specialist physiotherapy treatment. I booked an appointment in February 2022 for an initial assessment with one of their specialist physiotherapists and began to get massive improvement in my pain levels and flexibility within the first few sessions.

How has your life changed since having treatment?

I now wake up in the morning and I can get out of bed without the awful pain that I had before. I have been able to return to playing sports socially with friends and coaching rugby. I can do normal things again that people take for granted, like running around with my 3-year-old son.

What advice would you offer someone with back and leg pain?

Take action now! If you are suffering with back pain, don’t wait years like I did to make an appointment. Apex Clinic has restored the quality of my life and I’m now 90% painfree.

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