"Lost use of my left arm"

About: Collie Hospital

(as the patient),

Over a number of months, I was losing the use of my left arm through pain between the elbow and shoulder. I thought I might have a shoulder issue because I couldn't raise my arm very far and it ached all the time to the point of waking me up at night. I live on a farm and really couldn't imagine doing all the jobs I need to do with only 1 good arm (my right arm) which was also having issues with wrist pain. 

My doctor referred me to Alison for Physio at the Collie Regional Hospital. Alison asked me a lot of questions then suggested I try a few easy 'neck' exercises. I went home over the moon for the improvements in just that one visit. Alison has seen me twice since and I have been doing the daily exercises she has suggested and I feel back to my old self again. The right wrist problem has also abated somewhat with not overusing and self-massage in the palm of my hand. Alison identified that I was overusing my right arm because of my left arm issues so we worked on both concerns with various neck exercises and the palm massage. 

I am an older person so I expect some wear and tear but I'm nowhere near ready to become sedentary. I cannot praise Alison of Collie Regional Hospital Physio Dept enough for the practical easy steps advice she has given me and turned my life around.

I don't take medications of any kind and that's where I was heading for the pain levels before seeing Alison and not something I ever want to resort to for getting through my days. Thanks again Alison, I so much appreciate your friendly help, knowledge and advice to keep me independent and pain-free.

Responses

Response from Daniel Mahony, Allied Health Manager, Wellington Health District, WA Country Health Service- South West

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Dear aurigaxs96,

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience with our Physiotherapy team here in Collie and I am so pleased to hear of the positive impact our Senior Physiotherapist, Alison, has made to your life. It is great to hear that Alison's friendliness, knowledge and advice assisted you in achieving a great outcome and your feedback is a great acknowledgment of the amazing staff we have.

I thank you again for taking the time to share your story and wish you all the best.

Regards,

Dan

P.S. Make sure you keep up the exercises!:P

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