Lynn Dosis has lived and worked in Corfu for 26 years and 6 months ago, started to get significant pain in her shoulder. It took a while to go to the doctor and following an MRI scan, was diagnosed with arthritis and a ruptured tendon. Physiotherapy was planned but had to be halted due to Covid-19. Here’s her story.
I’m just so happy I can do things again. I went through so much pain for so long and then I was in lockdown and didn’t know what to do.
I started having problems with my shoulder and I couldn’t lift my arm. It gradually got worse and it stopped me doing everyday things such as hanging the washing out and drying myself.
I was speaking to my cousin and she mentioned she used to work for Connect Health and suggested I join the Upper Body Facebook Live sessions. So I just clicked onto it and it was brilliant. I joined every day and would save them down to do again.
At first it was difficult, and I couldn’t do the floor exercises very well. But I mentioned it to the physiotherapist Tom Flanagan, and he changed the exercises. I found almost immediate improvement at the front and side of my body. I can now get my arm halfway up my back which was a massive improvement.
Without access to the live videos I would have been stuck at home in pain. I live 5km up a mountain and would have struggled to drive the 45 minutes to see the doctor.
The exercises I’d been given previously weren’t pushing me to go further and what I found with the videos was every time I did it, I pushed myself a little more and it’s really good. I’m still doing the exercises 4 times a week with the added benefit that I can now go swimming.
I would say I’m 50-60% improved which is a perfect result during lockdown.
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