Paddy Trainor is a regular face at racecourses up and down the country, in his role as travelling head lad to Mark Johnston. However, after an accident eight years ago left him with severe back pain, he was struggling to do everyday tasks and had been forced to stop riding out.
Paddy initially sought medical help from his wife’s chiropractor and on referral for an MRI scan, he was diagnosed with disc impingement. Paddy was desperate to get treatment but was worried about the significant cost of this and how it would impact the family finances. Paddy sought assistance from his local welfare team in Middleham who helped him to access Racing’s Occupational Health Service.
Paddy tells us his story:
“By the beginning of this year my back pain had become intolerable, but treatment is expensive and I have a family to provide for. I had heard about Racing’s Occupational Health Service following yard visits from my local welfare officer, Gail, and from posters that had been displayed in the yard.
I contacted Racing Welfare about the service and the team made everything so easy. My first appointment with the occupational health nurse was done over the phone which really helped as it was arranged at a time that fitted in around work. The whole process worked really well for me and Racing Welfare provided the financial support to pay for the treatment I needed.
Before receiving treatment, I used to suffer extreme pain from the most everyday tasks including getting dressed or getting out of bed. However, I am now pain free and I have even been able to ride out again and run in my spare time.
I would like to thank Racing Welfare for helping me through the occupational health service. The process has had a hugely positive impact on my life and is still doing so now. Part of my rehabilitation is taking part in The Great North Run in September 2019, where I will be fundraising for the charity. I can’t recommend the service strongly enough to anyone who has had an accident or is struggling with long term injury.”