Despite suffering a rugby injury to his lower back 30 years ago Bryan Mason has always prided himself on his fitness.
Even when his back flared up, the former PE teacher managed to develop a series of core exercises which allowed him to continue a full, active life including running, cycling and vigorous walking.
But 18 months ago, the pain which he had got used to and learned to live with got much worse.
“From the time I got up in the morning, fairly intense sciatic pain was only relieved by crouching down at regular intervals,” says Bryan, from Crakehall, near Bedale.
“I underwent physio in an attempt to strengthen the muscles around the damaged disc area but this made no significant headway.
“Recognising the real problem, my physio, Sue Francis – ex-physio to the Zimbabwean rugby, cricket and Olympics athletic teams, recommended I saw spinal surgeon Mr Manoj Krishna.”