Rob is the man the doctors go to. He has sorted me out after 2 (separate) knee replacements. I have recommended him to many friends and family. He has wisdom, skill and gentleness in his fingers. He finds what’s wrong and sorts it out. And he explains everything clearly and approachably.Mr Robert Owen, Solicitor and University Head of Department
Having Rob as my physio for over the last 10 years supporting me through multiple complex spinal surgeries, double hip replacements, & nervous system pain management I have come to know him well. Rob possesses a quiet brilliance, combined with a unique talent & compassion that intuitively understands a patients situation, & who strives to enable the best possible outcome for each individual patient’s needs, knowing how your specific condition impacts on your overall wellbeing. These aren’t a list of superlatives; they reflect a man whose unassuming brilliance is reflected through the huge difference he makes to each of his patient’s lives. The whole team at The Cherington Practice believe in Rob’s ethos of kindness, support & understanding.Mr Nigel J. D. Taylor MA, MSc, MCIM, Chartered Marketer
When I first met Rob I was in constant pain. Rob reassured me that he would do everything in his power to help me.
He promised he would employ a network of people to assist if needed, and that he did, by using his wealth of experience and networking skills Rob ensured I was seen by the necessary consultants in order for me to get back to myself and I can now say I feel like a different person.
Would I recommend Rob, yes, most definitely, unconditionally.Ms Lou Porter, Personal Assistant
I was referred to Rob Patterson after many false pathways which included multiple operations on both arms to release compressed nerves. By that time I was faced with losing all hand function, my livelihood, hobbies and my identity. Until I met Rob, no one had been able to diagnose correctly where the source of my problems lay.
With fingertips, insight and sensitivity, more accurate than any other clinician I had encountered (and there were many) he correctly diagnosed that I had THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME. A relatively common but very difficult to diagnose condition involving severe nerve compression. The site of the compression of the network of nerves supplying the arms is between the vertebrae and the shoulder joint, at the top of the lungs.
Rob Patterson was able to clinically diagnose TOS with complete accuracy. This was confirmed by a leading world expert of TOS in the USA, Dr Hugh Gelabert. Rob is also very knowledgeable in the aftercare of patients following such major nerve decompressions. He also has a profound understanding of Pain Syndromes and full knowledge of the medication, rehabilitation and visualisation necessary during the long road to recovery.
I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who has been told they have “unexplained” arm or shoulder weakness, aching or pain with which they are told they need to learn to endure. Rob Patterson’s diagnosis was LIFE CHANGING for me. Two rib resections in USA with Dr. Gelabert followed and my arm and hand function were restored completely.Medical Doctor Patient
I was referred to Rob after 10 years of unexplained hand and arm pain, which was becoming increasingly disabling, affecting my ability to work and enjoy life. Rob very quickly identified the root cause of my problems as nerve compression resulting from thoracic outlet syndrome and he immediately started to build a bespoke treatment plan for me. Rob collaborated with a world-leading surgeon to confirm his diagnosis and referred me for surgery to correct the nerve compression. Rob skilfully guided me through the entire process from medical diagnosis to surgery and then worked with me through my recovery and rehabilitation, providing reassurance and expert guidance.
Having seen numerous other arm and hand pain specialists, I have never been treated by someone with so much depth of expertise and compassion as I have experienced with Rob and his team at the Cherington Practice. Through Rob’s treatment plan I have recovered hand and arm function that other experts had previously told me I had permanently lost, which has transformed my life. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone experiencing hand and arm pain to see Rob and his team so that they can help.
Beyond expert physiotherapy care, the team at the Cherington practice are highly professional and efficient at arranging appointments and referrals which makes fitting in treatment around daily life simple and hassle-free.
Rob and his team at the Cherington practice have immeasurably changed my life and that of my family and I cannot thank them enough.Mr Matt Cross, Aerospace Design Engineer
You are first rate at your job and I would not hesitate to recommend you.Sir Anthony Holland
I first started seeing Rob 3-4 years ago on the advice of a pain specialist doctor and have seen him sporadically over the period. He is the most informed, helpful and holistic medical professional (not just physio!) that I have come across; he has been the only health professional to treat all my symptoms holistically and to explore the interaction of the mind and the body – I now realise how important this aspect must be for anyone with chronic pain, but before seeing Rob it had never even been mentioned to me. Rob has a huge breadth of knowledge from a wide range of health sources, learning from those which are evidence based and bringing them into his own practice. He has revolutionised my thinking and how I approach my own health.
At the same time, he is friendly, warm and empathetic – intuitively understanding what I need and showing me how I can best help myself. He has also arranged for me to see other specialists when it would be helpful – his entire focus is on ensuring that I get the right help from the best possible professional. He is so unlike any other physio I have come across – his breath of experience and knowledge, and his ability to use this to support each individual, are unique in my experience.Dr Kathryn Armitstead, Actuary
Rob has been treating me for various ailments for over a year now. I have the highest regard for him and for his patient-centred approach. His vast experience usually allows him to pinpoint the cause of the trouble, and where appropriate suggest practical therapy. However, he does not neglect other aspects of your life that may have a bearing on your condition. Rob is unfailingly pleasant, cheerful and approachable. I would strongly recommend him to a prospective patient.Professor Patrick Royston, Senior Medical Statistician, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL, London
When I first arrived at the Cherington Practice I had seen 7 specialists in 9 months and undergone various treatments but I was in more and more pain. By this stage I was unable to walk more than about 10 metres and was bent double most of the time.
Rob saw me and diagnosed my uncommon syndrome. He was kind, considerate and looked at me holistically. Over the last 4 years Rob and his team have treated the pain, the underlying symptoms and helped me deal with the pain psychologically as well. When my recovery started to slow down about 2 years ago, Rob and Kate re-assessed me and weren’t precious about revisiting certain decisions. This meant that I also started acupuncture and changed my drug regime.
After 4 years, I am finally living a normal life. I will never be as active as I was before but they have helped me to deal with this as well. At the Cherington practice they understand that you need to treat the whole person in order to get you back together again and less likely to fall ill or injured again. I honestly believe that without the help, care and support of everyone at the Practice (Including Kate, Cath, Ally and Lottie) I would now be living with chronic pain and living a very different life.Annie, Accountant
I visited Rob Patterson after a spine operation to remove part of a sequestrated disc which had damaged nerves at the base of the spine resulting in ‘drop foot’ and a loss of muscle control in the left leg. Following the operation I not only had a weak left leg (expected), but also really weird symptoms of ‘Jelly Legs’, a sense of weakness in both legs and loss of balance. The two physio’s I’d visited prior to Rob had no idea what caused this.
Rob identified the cause as being an ‘undischarged trauma circuit’ (A what!!?) and then put in a programme to cure the ‘jelly legs’. After only three sessions…… no more ‘Jelly Legs’…… absolutely brilliant, fantastic, wonderful and a huge relief!!
Rob has a superb depth of knowledge of both the body and how the mind affects the body. This has resulted in him being able to diagnose and then source a solution or remedy to very obscure symptoms which other physiotherapists did not understand. He has a very understanding and warm communication style that puts you immediately at ease and for me he’s just ‘The Best’!
I would recommend Rob without reservation.Mrs Fiona Baker, HR Search Consultant
Many factors have contributed towards my recovery following the disintegration of a spinal disc but undoubtedly, without the skill, treatment, expertise and coaching of Rob Patterson, I would now be in constant pain and probably disabled.
From my lowest point of being unable to walk more than 10 yards and completely incapable of sitting, I now play competitive tennis regularly, go skiing [including black runs], do Pilates, live a fully active life and have embarked on a new career as a children’s therapist.
Rob’s extrasensory perception and diagnostic skill guided me on the right path of MRI scans and several surgeries. He then managed my recovery that took several turns and different phases, including hydrotherapy and expertise from a pain specialist. He also helped me rewire my brain after long-term pain, which sounds like a grand claim but my own research of literature demonstrates that this is possible throughout our lives, not just in children.
He encouraged me to keep my world big, so I took part in concerts, parties and church, initially from a horizontal position on a sun bed and also wrote a book with a friend. My walking gradually increased in distance, listening to books on getting my head in the right place whilst gently reducing painkillers.
I started my first session of tennis of 3 minutes long that opened the door into my previous joy of sport, with the continued support of wonderful Kate who as a physiotherapist undid the knots in my back and knitted it together again.
I don’t know how, but Rob had the ability to make me laugh often, live each day in the present and be peacefully optimistic. Health is such a precious gift why would you not have help from the best.Mrs Carrie Kingston, Early Years Consultant and Play Therapist
Rob was recommended to me by a couple of old friends after I had broken my right wrist and was experiencing random intense nerve pain. He put me on some extra strong painkillers straight away, and gave me strengthening exercises to do. I was feeling pretty depressed at the time, for obvious reasons, but I was really encouraged by Rob’s optimistic attitude. Apparently, I came within a hair’s breadth of having permanent nerve damage, so I really can’t thank Rob enough for getting me through what was a very sticky patch.Mrs Sarah Newns, Archaeologist
Rob Patterson and his team are outstanding at what they do and the service they provide. I have been a patient for some 20 years and they have been excellent every time I’ve needed them. The results I’ve had have been amazing. Rob never asks for follow up appointments unless it is absolutely necessary, thus keeping costs down. I’ve recommended a number of friends and family to this practice and without exception they’ve been extremely pleased with the service and results. I can’t recommend the Cherington Practice highly enough.Mrs Tina Palmer
Thank you Antonia for all your help. It has taken more than your professionalism to put me right. Indeed it has taken a level of high expertise. For that, I am extremely grateful.Mr Stephen Hall, Retired Teacher of Mathematics
I would like to say big thank you to Antonia Hook from 1-10 I will give her 10 she has been amazing.Monika Filipowicz
Rob is an extremely knowledgeable man, who is very humble and able to explain complex information easily. His approach is so refreshing, he takes the time to understand issues that you have holistically (which is very hard to find). Rob is professional and friendly and treats people with the utmost respect and provides no end of support to each of his clients. I have been misdiagnosed for over 3 years, but Rob was able to pin point the problem straight away and instead of dealing with the symptoms, he dealt with the cause. I would like to thank Rob wholeheartedly for his help and support, I have gone from having three back spasms a day and not being able to walk or sit, to being able to exercise again. I am still trying to build up my strength through exercise but the impact of his help, has given me my life back. Thank you so much.Karen Trace
The Thoracic Outlet Centre Of Excellence (within the Cherington Practice), is exactly what it states with Rob and his team having up to date and precise knowledge of the syndrome, and most importantly, how to manage it. I was fortunate enough to be assessed and treated here. Following an injury in 2011, I had a long and frustrating journey trying to find out why I had upper limb dysfunction, muscle wastage and incapacitating pain. Rob Patterson made a preliminary diagnosis, arranged for diagnostic testing and ultimately pointed me in the direction for surgery. Rob’s diagnostic ability is astounding – he was able to correctly assess my condition, via examination, in lieu of other testing. As it turned out, he correctly identified that an anterior scalene muscle had regrown after a previous investigative surgery and was strangling the subclavian artery; as such I had both neurogenic and vascular compression. I am doing very well after surgery and expect to have a full recovery in due course. My only regret is that it didn’t find The Cherington Practice sooner. I would not hesitate to recommend this centre to anyone in the same position as myself. Absolutely excellent!!!Laila
Claire Smith correctly diagnosed my condition within a few minutes of my first consultation, which was later confirmed by MRI scan at the Nuffield Hospital.Steve Garrahy
After several planned weekly appointments with Claire, I am completely pain free and have been able to return to playing golf and other sports.
I thoroughly recommend both Claire and the Cherington Practice.
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