Horse rider's back in the saddle after ankle break
A HORSE rider has thanked medics who helped her get back in the saddle – only four months after breaking her ankle for the second time.
Rebecca Waterhouse spent six weeks in plaster after falling off her 10-year-old horse, Blue, towards the end of last year.
But the 22-year-old said she was able to return to her sport more quickly than following her previous horse-riding accident three years ago after undergoing physiotherapy as soon as the cast was removed.
Rebecca, of Ashbourne – who was treated at the town's St Oswald's Hospital, said: "I didn't have a programme like this when I broke my ankle before. The physiotherapy programme at St Oswald's has been really good.
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Law graduate Rebecca said her care included one-to-one sessions with a physiotherapist, who helped her to put weight on her leg.
She said: "Once I could do this, I joined the lower-limb gym classes at the hospital – which I'm still attending. It's very good for motivation and really well-equipped."
More than 1,200 people received physiotherapy treatment at the hospital last year. Sue Ward, clinical lead for physiotherapy, said: "We've had good feedback about the physiotherapy service we offer."