Engineer Michael was left on a life support machine following an accident at work when he was struck by a large metal load. It left him with facial injuries, a fractured skull, fractured ribs, lung contortions and a traumatic brain injury.
Following the accident in April 2015, Michael spent nearly 18 months in hospital and a rehab unit before moving back home to Denton in November 2016. He still had weakness down his left side, was unable to walk and needed a wheelchair.
Improving mobility, fitness and strength
Physio Matters started seeing Michael in March 2019. Our goals were to improve his mobility, fitness and strength, as well as help him get back into the community through activities. This included gym work, hydrotherapy and taking part in adapted cycling at Wheels for All. We also introduced Michael to our clinic with Great Gait who fitted him with bespoke orthotics to aid his walking.
Michael has made very good progress. When Coronavirus and lockdown restrictions came into force in March 2020, there was a danger his rehabilitation could be interrupted. However, Physio Matters were able to carry on seeing Michael using virtual sessions. Once restrictions eased that summer, we returned to face-to-face sessions at his home and in his garden, using full PPE, and at the gym when these were open. With full PPE, our neuro physios have been able to carry out regular home visits with Michael and ensure his rehab continues.
Watch Michael’s story
Watch Michael explain how Physio Matters’ treatment has helped improve his life, as our Senior Neurological Physiotherapist Eleanor Jones works on his rehab. Due to social distancing restrictions and lockdown, we can only show Michael in and around his home rather than doing his usual external activities, but eventually he will be back cycling and hitting the gym as part of his rehab too.