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Mum issues PT warning after serious spinal injury

A Brisbane mum says she’s been forced to sue as she’s unable to walk properly or work following a personal training session.

Barbara Petrie complained of back soreness during a set of crunches, but her personal trainer urged her to keep going.

Two spinal surgeries later, and Ms Petrie is now suing for loss of income and for her pain and suffering.

Barbara Petrie is now suing for loss of income and for her pain and suffering.
Barbara Petrie is now suing for loss of income and for her pain and suffering.

“I was in excruciating pain, it was awful, I had tears coming down the side of my face,” she said.

“I said: ‘You know that is actually hurting a little bit’, and she said ‘don’t worry Barb, that’s why you’ve got me’.

“It was just an explosion of pain in my back.”

The 52-year-old said she wanted to undertake a Zumba class at her local gym to get back in shape, but was told she’d have to do a personal training class for safety reasons first.

Left in pain after the first and only PT session, Ms Petrie was told by her trainer that her injury was just muscle soreness so she waited two weeks before going to see a doctor.

A text message sent by Ms Petrie’s personal trainer.
A text message sent by Ms Petrie’s personal trainer.

An MRI later confirmed Ms Petrie needed urgent surgery on two ruptured discs in her spine.

Two years on, Ms Petrie can walk but she can’t bend over, she can’t work, she can’t sleep for more than four hours at a time and she treads a fine line between being pain free and painkiller dependent.

Ms Petrie’s lawyer Stuart Le Grand says the 52-year-old’s experience should serve as a warning to others.

Ms Petrie’s personal trainer declined to comment when contacted by Today Tonight.

The gym where Ms Petrie’s injury took place said the trainer was no longer employed at their facility.

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