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Physiotherapist 'has given me my life back'

Your stories 14 Jan 2021

‘Your Stories’ is a place for women to share their health stories with us, to help support and encourage other women to make their health a priority too. Here is Laura’s story.

Laura, 44, health worker, Central Victoria

By the time she arrived at the Jean Hailes clinic in East Melbourne, Laura was convinced she would suffer with chronic pain in her hip for life. A meeting with physiotherapist Amy Steventon changed that.

“She was beautiful and gentle, and made me feel very comfortable and safe,” recalls Laura. “She gave me an internal exam and established what the issue was. She gave me a plan of exercises to do."

Amy has given me my life back. I probably saw her a handful of times and my hip improved to the point where I can now self-manage.

Laura, 44
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Before her visit to Jean Hailes, Laura struggled to walk without limping. She saw a number of other physiotherapists and osteopaths, but none alleviated her pain.

“I have been on such a long journey with infertility and anxiety and hip pain,” she explains. “I was just so used to it. I had come to terms with being a chronic-pain sufferer.”

She had spent eight years trying to have a baby, including two on IVF. “I was struggling with bloating and food intolerances and I had really bad periods.”

Laura says her gut health and issues with bloating have improved now. “I am the active person I want to be and that’s thanks to Jean Hailes.”

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