Senior Neurological Physiotherapist Tim Nike took a trip to Burnley Football Club recently – not due to a call-up from Manager Sean Dyche, but rather for a conference on personal injury and medical negligence, offering insight into working with amputees and individuals with limb impairments.
Organised by the North West Acquired Brain Injury (NWABI) Network, the conference was ‘Reclaimed Identities: Contemporary practice in personal injury/medical negligence’ and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers in support of Limb Power.
Limb Power works with amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and lifelong rehabilitation.
Tim explained: “Attendees and presenters ranged from solicitors to seating specialists, and the whole day was set to educate and inform. It demonstrated the importance of the different roles involved in the world of personal injury and medical negligence, and the need for each different area to work together harmoniously.”
Case study on paralysed client
In particular, a case study provided by Stewarts Solicitors focused on a client named Steve, who came to the conference to speak about his experience after a road traffic accident.
Steve was knocked off his bike by a car in August 2015, suffering multiple fractures and a complete spinal cord injury. This left him paralysed from the legs down. Stewarts Solicitors took on Steve’s case and through interim payments were able to provide funding for Steve to move into a bungalow better suited to his needs.
Furthermore, Steve was sent overseas to be treated at Neurophysics Australia on a 10-day rehab course which attempted to kickstart active movement in his lower limbs. Through very low resistance training and visualisation exercises, Steve was able to regain function in his legs and was taking steps with crutches by the end of the trip. Once home, Steve’s physiotherapist incorporated the methods used on the trip in his ongoing therapy.
Clients with limb loss
Tim added: “It was a thoroughly interesting and informative day compiled by NWABI and partners, with some great networking opportunities with old and new friends. A highlight was learning more about the latest developments in orthotic provision for clients with limb loss, thanks to PACE rehab.
It was also fantastic to hear so many amazing case studies from legal representatives about collaborative working which had led to restorative and highly-personal centred outcomes for clients, which is something we are keen to focus on at Physio Matters.”
To find out more about our work with brain injured clients, visit the Patient Stories on our website…