Ann Morgan Thomas got such good results from the TAMARS® treatment that she no longer needed an operation on her spine.

Ann has suffered from a very bad back for over 10 years, which left her in constant pain. The pain stopped Ann from sleeping and she had to resort to ibuprofen and co-codamol to try and control it, and when it was particularly bad she needed to take valium as well to stop muscle spasms.

Regular visits to a private physiotherapist helped for a while but eventually became less effective.

Ann was constantly at the GPs and was eventually referred to orthopaedics at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for X-rays and a scan. She was diagnosed with a condition called spondylolisthesis, which caused the bottom vertebrae to slip forward and discs to bulge out.

She was booked in for surgery, for a procedure which would involve inserting pins in her spine and a plate to pull it back into place. A bone graft would also be required from her pelvis and the whole operation seemed very invasive and would involve considerable time off work.

Whilst on the waiting list for her surgery, Ann continued to research her back condition and to look for other treatments which might help to avoid the need for an operation.

She read about 21st Century Back Care and the TAMARS® procedure in the newspaper and decided to give it a try.

Jeff Knox at the clinic took a detailed history of Ann’s condition and advised that TAMARS® may help but he couldn’t make any guarantees. “I was impressed with Jeff’s approach and with his honesty” said Ann. “He was very thorough with all the medical information that he took from me and he didn’t make promises that he could definitely sort my back problem out. He advised me that it was worth giving it a try and that was good enough for me. I was desperate to try any treatment which had a realistic chance of improving my back, to the extent that I could at least cancel the operation.”

The first TAMARS® treatment Ann had at 21st Century Back Care was quite mild and she noticed an improvement in just a few weeks. For the first time in years, she felt like her back was in better shape

She has since been for further treatments and the effect has been so significant that she has been able to take herself off the waiting list for spinal surgery and is leading a more normal, pain free life.

“It’s definitely made a big difference and I’m no longer facing the need to have an operation. Long may it continue!”

She said; “After being sporadically off work over the past few years and needing to take a host of medication to try and make my back condition bearable, I was delighted to give TAMARS®a try as the prospect of surgery was very much a last resort.”

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