About Dr Cath

Dr Cath Spencer-Smith is a Consultant Physician in Sport and Exercise Medicine and Director of Sportdoc London. Cath is passionate about the diagnosis and management of all musculoskeletal conditions, and has expertise in getting to the bottom of persistent problems, such as hip and groin pain. She works with Olympians, through to the occasional exerciser.

High intensity classes – Friend or Foe ?

2017-06-01T10:56:52+00:00 By |Training tips|

This summer we've been witnessing amazing action on centre court at Wimbledon, and we're gearing up for Rio! Athletes need to train hard in preparation for the Olympics, but when it's not done carefully - guess what? - they break. Maybe it's 'get a beach body time' (urghh), but we've witnessed a recent spike in [...]

‘I’ve been told I might need a scan’: Are your imaging choices leaving patients in ‘diagnosis limbo’?

2017-06-01T10:56:52+00:00 By |imaging|

It’s a wonderful rag-bag term, ‘scan’. Both a noun and a verb, it’s somehow become interchangeable with the word ‘diagnostic’, and each year, some new miracle machine is invented. My Mother’s bloodhound’s nose is an excellent scanner. It’s swiftly able to detect the alluring waft of a child’s unguarded ice cream from the opposite side [...]

Ankle sprains: When should you be concerned?

2017-06-01T10:56:52+00:00 By |Ankle Injuries|

In medicine, we're sometimes guilty of over-treating mconditions. We may feel pressured to dole out prescriptions for self-limiting conditions, and we may be accused of pronouncing too readily that a patient has a popular or fashionable diagnosis, (Gilmore's groin and Piriformis syndrome spring to mind). I feel strongly, however, that we undertreat ankle injuries, and [...]

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