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I suffer from IT Band Syndrome otherwise known as runner’s knee. I read about a sports clinic in Bordeaux and a surgeon there who was recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the world specialising in this particular condition and was the author of the only clinical study pioneering a new and more effective form of surgery for it. I have private medical insurance in the UK so I only went because of his reputation.

This clinic is not merely a clinic, it’s an entire sports injury hospital in a brand new building. Got an appointment fairly quickly, saw the surgeon, he sent me downstairs for an ultrasound immediately, he suggested an ultrasound guided injection which unfortunately could only be done the next morning as it was now too late in the day. Not being French, I had to pay and claim back on my own insurance but this was the cost: breakdown: consultation €40, ultrasound examination €45, ultrasound guided injection €80. To have all that done on the NHS would have taken months as it is not a serious case. And having it done privately in the UK would have cost upwards of £1,000 in total. Needless to say my insurers were pleased. If I do eventually need surgery, the savings would be huge. For anyone without PMI who want to be treated quickly, going across the channel is a viable option.

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