Anthony Williams is a Staffordshire Officer with nearly nine years of service. Anthony was injured on duty in 2011; during the course of an arrest he was tackled from behind which caused two prolapsed discs.
Being on the Armed Response Vehicle, Anthony was required to be physically fit and wear heavy equipment on a daily basis. After around four months of being unable to work Anthony managed to get himself fit again. He was very conscious that he had a long career in front of him and wanted to avoid spinal surgery.
However, during 2018 Anthony had recurring symptoms. Anthony was conscious the injury may
jeopardise his position on the team or even his career and therefore sought help from the PTC.
"The facilities at Harrogate are excellent, I made use of the pool and the gym and received the best Physiotherapy I have ever had. For me the physio was positive, encouraging, knowledgeable and assertive; Everything that was needed. I went from not being able to flex past my knees to being able to touch my toes."
Whilst at the Centres Anthony received intensive daily physiotherapy. Alongside manual therapy, Anthony also received information and advice to help him continue with his recovery.
"As well as being knowledgeable, the Physios also instilled confidence and hope for the future. For those suffering with long term pain, mental health problems can surface which can exacerbate the physical injury."
Whilst at the Centres Anthony appreciated his private ensuite room and fully enjoyed the food provided. He was also able to meet officers in a similar position and share experiences.
"The company and companionship of others met at the Centre, and all the staff with whom I interacted were lovely, which made my stay positive and beneficial.
I can't recommend the PTC highly enough, for the price of a couple of posh coffees, to have somewhere where people actually understand and care about the job you do, is priceless."