Carole’s back on her bike

David and Carole James
David and Carole James
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A Sheffield mum-of-three has cycled nearly 140 miles across the country, after physiotherapy helped to reduce her chronic back pain and knee stiffness.

Carole James, aged 52, had signed up to complete a coast-to-coast cycle challenge, from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, with her husband. But after returning from a skiing holiday in the French Alps, her knees were in a ‘pitiful state.’

Nik Brear

Nik Brear

Carole, who has played tennis for many years, also suffered with intermittent chronic back pain, mild tennis elbow, and aching quads. When an x-ray showed she had early signs of arthritis, the Ecclesall woman decided to undertake physiotherapy and was recommended to visit Sheffield Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Clinic.

She said: “I had agreed to the cycle challenge, not quite knowing what I’d let myself in for. I could manage my daily activities but with my back and knees as they were, there was no way I could cycle so far.”

After just four weekly sessions at the clinic, Carole tackled the route over two-and-a-half days, missing out just 10 miles in the middle, due to exhaustion.

She said: “It was so hard and I’m a bit disappointed that I missed ten miles in the middle but I think looking back it was an amazing achievement for someone with my level of fitness and I could not have done what I did if I hadn’t had the physio - it worked wonders.”