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You might feel like your knee pain interferes with everything, but you don’t have to put up with it.

Hundreds of thousands of people seek treatment for their knee pain every year, and on this page, you can see the stories of some of those who chose nSTRIDE.

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nSTRIDE helped Steve Backshall live his active life

Using his own ‘solution within’ to address his knee pain.

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Steve Backshall

Steve is a BAFTA winning presenter, naturalist, explorer, writer and father of three.
Just over a decade ago, I was leading a rock climb, and I came off, and fell about 30 feet onto rock by break my back and my ankle…

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Steve Backshall

Just over a decade ago, I was leading a rock climb, and I came off, and fell about 30 feet onto rock by break my back and my ankle, and after that I ended up putting an awful lot of pressure through my right knee, and it became obvious after a while that it was starting to break down that I was suffering from osteoarthritis.

Pain:

The pain was excruciating. Emotionally I became very depressed and frustrated because there were things I And originally, I guess I just avoided dealing with it, I gritted my teeth and just got on with it. And I do wish that, I’d addressed it sooner. Physical fitness, activity particularly outdoors activity has not just been a core part of my life. It is my life, my job is extremely physical, and then fatherhood you know every element of that is, is physical too, whether it’s picking the youngsters up out of the courts or playing football in the garden, with a little boy, those are all things that were limited by my knee pain, and being able to get over that is, is, is huge because these are these are moments that I’ll never get back.

And wouldn’t it be awful if I look back in 10-15 year’s time as I’d never run around playing rugby with the little boy, because, because I have this ache in my knee and it could have been solved

Treatment:

I walked out of the hospital myself and was out of pain within two days. The results have been amazing. My knee is back to normal.

It was nothing short of a miracle. They take blood from your arm, centrifuge it and then put it back into your knee. Within two days I noticed that the pain had gone and in about two and-a-half weeks I noticed I was walking down the stairs normally. Almost without thinking, I was able to bend my knees, walk the dog, go Those things are priceless. I was lucky enough to find a connection with one of the very best knee surgeons in the world, and we went through a whole list of possible fixes for the knee, and he suggested to me and nSTRIDE®.

It was instantly appealing because it has so many elements that seem to fit with my, my ethos of how I want to try and fix myself, you know, I want to do things as much as possible holistically, I want to fix myself. I don’t want to be sticking artificial substances or materials into my body, I certainly don’t want to be going down the line of having a full knee replacement and having this possible solution of being able to take away some of that pain and give me back some of that functionality through using my body’s own strengths, was very appealing. 

The process was remarkably quick, I was in and out of the clinic within an hour, and then I would say it was maybe five days before I started to notice any reduction in pain and improvement in function was a huge change to the functionality of my knee. If our end goal is to move without limits, then we need to see pain is something that can be addressed and that there are lots of different ways of doing that, you should leave no stone, unturned and realise the human body is a complex thing, and it can do a really good job of healing itself. 

So I would say start holistically. Start with things like yoga, learning how to breathe properly. Start with meditation, stretching, all these things which you know, give you your opportunity to bring back your natural balance. And something like nSTRIDE ®, is kind of, I guess the ultimate realisation of that, it’s taking your body’s own incredibly powerful mechanisms and using them to provide a positive outcome.


Disclaimer
“The following video is a testimonial with very personal statements of Steve Backshall, a BAFTA-winning presenter, naturalist, explorer, writer and father of three. He will talk about his personal experience with nSTRIDE. The results of Steve’s treatment with nSTRIDE are not necessarily typical, indicative, or representative of all recipient patients. Talk to your physician about potential risks and side effects of the treatment and whether nSTRIDE is right for you.”
 
Zimmer Biomet is a medical device manufacturer that provides products and related services. Zimmer Biomet is not a medical professional and does not practice medicine.”

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Carey, late 50s

Carey was a science teacher in Manchester. She had a major accident at work in 1999.

She fractured her spine in three places, suffered a prolapsed disc and sustained considerable nerve damage which meant she was bed-bound for three…

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Carey, late 50s

Carey was a science teacher in Manchester. She had a major accident at work in 1999 when a heavy oak blackboard fell off the wall and pinned her to a teaching bench.

She fractured her spine in three places, suffered a prolapsed disc and sustained considerable nerve damage which meant she was bed-bound for three years. She had numerous operations and physio, but the medication for her back caused renal artery stenosis which caused high blood pressure. In 2006, this resulted in a stroke that went to her optic nerve and left Carey blind.

Lack of mobility meant she put on weight, and she developed painful OA of the knee. Carey had an arthroscopy which helped for a couple of years but then the pain returned.

Pain:

The pain was excruciating. Emotionally I became very depressed and frustrated because there were things I wanted to do but couldn’t. I couldn’t even get down the stairs in the end so I was literally trapped in my own home.

Within a year I went from a pain level of 0-10. It progressed quite quickly. Any movement you make uses your knees and the pain was just so debilitating. I really struggled even to great downstairs and I got to the point where I would rather have chopped my leg off than go on.

Treatment:

I walked out of the hospital myself and was out of pain within two days. The results have been amazing. My knee is back to normal.

It was nothing short of a miracle. They take blood from your arm, centrifuge it and then put it back into your knee. Within two days I noticed that the pain had gone and in about two and-a-half weeks I noticed I was walking down the stairs normally. Almost without thinking, I was able to bend my knees, walk the dog, go on the exercise bike and play with my grandson. Because I am now active, I have lost a lot of weight and I feel so much better in myself. It has literally given me my life back. If my knee started hurting again tomorrow I would not hesitate to go back and have another injection. The great thing is you don’t need any preparation like you would for an operation, and because there is no post surgery recuperation period afterwards there is no impact on your family and friends who would otherwise have to look after you.

You can also come off also powerful painkillers which really do have quite nasty side effects, particularly if they interact with other medication. Having nSTRIDE was the best decision I have ever made and to anyone considering having the treatment I would say – “Just go for it, it is so easy, so quick, go for it.”

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Dave, early 70s

David is a 72 year-old man who was previously very active but suffering from wear and tear OA of the knees – the pain was worse in his right knee..

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David, early 70s

David is a 72 year-old man who was previously very active but suffering from wear and tear OA of the knees – the pain was worse in his right knee.
His pain had got worse over several years, so he received nSTRIDE® on his right knee and then within a month had nSTRIDE® on his left knee too.

Pain:

I live in the present – that’s all you’ve got.

My wife Jackie will tell you, I never just sit round and do nothing. There’s always something to do, and if you can’t do things because you hurt too much, it is frustrating and you think ‘am I going to be just stuck in a chair?’ Because I’m a firm believer in use it or lose it. The constant pain gradually strips you of the life you once had and just grinds you down. Simple daily tasks like getting downstairs, having a bath and emptying the bins all became a painful struggle.

Treatment:

What was wonderful was we walked in at 9 o’clock and we walked out at 12 o’clock. I hadn’t had any unusual drugs stuck into me; it was a totally natural bit of my own body and I have to say I noticed the difference waking up the next day.

Within two days the pain had completely gone. This was just wonderful, and I had the procedure done on my left knee. Now I have two knees that don’t hurt. My blood is wonderful! I can go back to doing all the things I wanted to do before, so It has enabled me to have a new lease of life. 

When you are inside a wave and it just breaks it’s just wow. When one wave catches up to another it’s like driving a sports car and to be able to go back and get in a wave and go and I don’t have to give that up… And waves are free, so in that way it has been life changing to me.

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