FED UP WITH
BEING INJURED?

FED UP WITH BEING INJURED?

FED UP WITH BEING INJURED?

WHAT IS SPORTS MEDICINE?

  • Where do you go for advice when you have an injury that’s not straightforward, or not getting better?

  • Maybe you’ve found yourself unable to train, because of pain or a recent tackle-too-far?

Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is a relatively new medical speciality – there aren’t many Sports Physicians in the UK.

In the past, if you found yourself injured, you had just a few places to turn to.  For instance, if you badly sprained your ankle, you might have limped along to A & E, been x-rayed, then told that your ankle ‘wasn’t fractured’ and sent home with the advice to ‘ice it and take it easy’. Not great news if you’re due to compete in a race soon.  Perhaps you visited your GP and maybe you’re told ‘it’s a ligament problem – it’ll take time, and meanwhile take some anti-inflammatories’.

So, you decide to see a really good physio or osteopath, but despite great treatment, you just don’t seem to get back to running comfortably. As a final resort, you were referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.. who offered you an operation ‘if you want really want one..no guarantees- it’s your choice’ or you were maybe advised to ‘stop running and play golf’.

There is another option. It’s called Sports Medicine. More than 80% of the patients I treat don’t need an onward referral to a surgeon. I’m focused on getting you back to your running, triathlon. rugby, ballet, football, hockey, cricket, skiing, netball, kite surfing, mountaineering, capoeira, trapeze, or whatever floats your boat!

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE APPOINTMENT?

HOW I WORK (WITH YOU)

When you come to clinic (either in person, or via a video consultation),  I’ll listen carefully to what’s been troubling you, how long it’s been going on, I’ll be asking lots of questions about your symptoms, the way your injury occurred, and how you’ve been training.  I want to know what your goals are, and what you may have tried so far to get better.

Next, I’ll examine you, watching carefully how you move, and how limited or poorly controlled movement in other areas of your body might be contributing to your problem.

Diagnostic tests (such as an MRI scan) may be required to confirm your diagnosis, and then we can put together a proper treatment plan.

I’ll go through any test results with you (explaining what we can see in the imaging), and then I’ll discuss the treatment options with you. Occasionally a procedure (such as an ultrasound-guided injection) might be needed to get your recovery kick-started, and if you’ve been referred by your physio or osteopath, (with your permission) I’ll liaise with them about your rehab.  We might also want to add in care from a podiatrist, clinical pilates instructor, or a strength and conditioning coach (or personal trainer).

Most importantly, you’ll leave with a good understanding of how your injury occurred, what you can expect during your recovery, and how to be robust for your return to sport or your chosen activity.

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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT

MY TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

I qualified in 1995 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London,  and went on to gain my Masters Degree in  Sports and Exercise Medicine at Bath University.

I developed an MSc Programme in Exercise Rehabilitation at Bangor University,  and have been a lecturer at Bangor and Bath Universities, as well as teaching UCL Sports Doctors in training.

I continue to work with Olympians and Paralympians and have been a Sports Doctor at several Olympic and Commonwealth Games. I’ve worked extensively with GB rowing, track and field sports, elite golfers, marathoners, triathletes and adventure sports.  I’ve also worked with the British Military treating tri-services men and women, as well as professional dancers and performers.

I love to teach and I’ve presented in several prime-time TV productions.  I consider myself to be a “mere mortal” marathoner and Ironman triathlete and I love talking about all things running and cycling with my patients.

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Let’s dive a little deeper

Life wouldn’t be the same without these two!

I live to cook

I get up at the crack of dawn to run

I’m a Sauvignon Snob

Let’s dive a little deeper

Life wouldn’t be the same without these two!

I live to cook

I get up at the crack of dawn      to run

I’m a Sauvignon Snob

WHAT THEY SAY…

Thank you for explaining everything to me and for making me feel very supported and very comfortable with your diagnosis and recommendations for treatment as a way forward. It is exactly what I needed and I am so very, very grateful for that. I feel very much in safe hands with you.

SPORTDOC LONDON

Your recovery begins with a proper diagnosis – and then the correct treatment. I’ll link you seamlessly with the right people (and interventions) to get the job done, and then get you back to being fully active.

What’s more, I’ll help you to identify and correct why it went wrong in the first place.

Less Injury. More Play.