Alan's bouncing back

Alan Kitching is ‘defying medical reasoning’ and can’t believe the improvement to his health since having regular physiotherapy at the One Life Centre in Middlesbrough.

In 2008, Alan had an operation on his spine and spent several months recovering in James Cook’s spinal injuries unit after suffering decompression of three discs in his back. After further surgery he was informed the seriousness of his condition would probably mean spending most of his time in a wheelchair.

However Alan went to his GP and explained his determination to be as agile as he could despite the loss of feeling in his feet. The GP referred him to the community physiotherapy team based in One Life, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

Alan, from Coulby Newham, said: “I’m 200% better than I was thanks to the physiotherapists here. They have been marvellous. I was told I’d spend most of my time in a wheelchair so being able to walk short distances without walking sticks is simply amazing.

“I’m defying medical reasoning – I never thought I’d be where I am today when I first met the team a year ago.”

Sue Greenwood, assistant physiotherapy practitioner who works closely with Alan, said: “He’s doing really well. Perseverance is Alan’s middle name. Each time we see him he has got a little bit more mobility and to see him walk without a stick is a great feeling. ”