I have a multifaceted approach to pain conditions . Chronic pain, in particular back pain, is an extremely debilitating condition and can have multiple causes. I always allow sufficient time to achieve a full understanding of symptoms and to undertake a thorough assessment.
Following your consultation, further investigations may be required such as an MRI scan. I work closely with other specialist consultants such as radiologists, spine surgeons; neurosurgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists, and physiotherapists.
Many incidents of back pain can be managed with simple pain killers, physiotherapy and a gradual return to normal activities.
For specific causes of back pain, I offer specialist expertise in radio-frequency denervation (also known as facet joint denervation; medial branch radio-frequency denervation; medial branch radio-frequency neurotomy or medial branch radio-frequency ablation). This is a non-invasive treatment for patients who live with severe lower back pain and who have difficulty in walking or moving their legs due to back pain. The aim of the procedure is to stop the nerve endings sending pain signals to the brain. It involves inserting a special needle which deactivate the nerves around the spinal facet joint in your back or neck which are causing the pain. This is a minor procedure which is performed as a day case procedure.
My other ares of interest include disc degeneration; arthritis affecting the spinal facet joints; tear or rupture in disc substance; disc herniation; skeletal irregularities, such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine) or compression fractures of the vertebra.
I qualified from University of Bristol Medical School before going on to complete further specialist pain management training in London and completed my anesthetics and chronic pain training in Oxford, Brighton and London.
- Consultant in Chronic Pain Management at Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Trust
- Consultant Pain services at Surrey Orthopaedic Clinic (BMI Runnymede, Woking Nuffield)
- Committee member of the Acute Pain Specialist Interest Group; British Pain Society
- Get It Right First Time (GIRFT) Clinical Lead at Ashford & St Peter’s Foundation NHS Trust