Physio vs Painkillers – My Experience 


Having spent the past 18 months learning to manage the problems created by my twisted pelvis and subsequent trapped nerve, I feel I’m finally in control of managing my level of pain. 

I’m never not in pain, but I’m at a point now that the level of pain I experience is tolerable and most importantly it isn’t controlling my life anymore. Yay! So, How have have I got to this point?

Well, let’s go back a bit.

 To begin with, I was heavily reliant on a combination of anti inflammatory and pain medication. This was fine for dealing with the pain, but it wasn’t improving the underlying condition. I also didn’t want to be reliant on medication and crutch. At the time I felt like it was ruining my life as It meant I wasn’t In a position to work and I found that very isolating. 

My employers were very patient with me when I needed time off work to recover, however they have a business to run and in the end it was mutually agreed that the best thing all round was to end my contract. I was getting better. Bugger! Now we had no job to deal with as well! 

I wasn’t willing to accept that this was how my life was going to be. I was 32 at the time, I’m a mum of three and have always been a active person. The person reliant on medication, a crutch and now my husband financially was not someone I recognised as me. I didn’t want to be that person. 

My answer to this was to become a bit of a nuisance. I badgered the doctor until they had run all the tests they could to find the cause. Still none the wiser my doctor eventually referred my to the pain management team. Where I live some of this work is outsourced to the local private hospital. I was very fortunate to find my self on that list of patients. 

It meant I would have more tests including an MRI scan that helped to diagnose the problem. My pelvis was twisted, putting my spine out of alignment and trapping the nerve that runs down the front of my leg. Not to be confused with sciatica! Man the times people have said ‘oh you have sciatica, I get that’, no this is not blinking sciatica! Anyway Minor rant over, eeeek!

It was decided that before any surgical intervention we would try physio and alternative therapies  including acupuncture, deep tissue massage and ultrasound. This marked a turning point for me. 

I’m not going to lie, the Physio hurt like a B to start with. Initially it seemed to increase my level of pain and I was taking more pain relief than ever. The more I did the Physio exercises I was given, my strength improved and gradually I needed less medication. 

The was the biggest hurdle, doing the Physio when it hurt. There were times when I really didn’t want to. I had lots of encouragement from my therapist and husband though. 18 months on I am in a position where I rarely have to take any pain medication, and am in a place ready to be returning to work. I just have to find the right job for me long term now. 

Yes I still have days where I find that my pelvis has popped out of position again, trapping my nerve . Rather than reach for pain relief now though thanks to Physio I’m able to do a self correction and settle my pelvis back where it should be. 

It means I can excersise, run and do things like dance again. Yes I still have to be careful not to over do things and I still experience pain in my hip, but I have an effective coping mechanism in place now. 

So the moral of the story? Painkillers had their place, but they weren’t the answer to managing my condition.

I don’t know how widely available Physio and alternate therapy programs are nationwide but it worth asking your doctor if you are struggling to see if they are available. I’m so thankful that I was able to benefit from such a program, without it I certainly wouldn’t be in the improved situation I find myself in now. 

Have you he a positive Physio experience?  Do you think alternative therapies work? I’d love to hear you story?