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Why choose Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital for your sports injury treatment?

If you’re a sports professional or amateur and have found yourself injured through sporting activities, or are looking to improve your sporting performance, the Bristol Sports Injury and Exercise Medicine Centre provides pioneering, specialist care from some of the leading consultants in the field.

This service is available to any level of sporting ability and covers any sport.

With today’s fast pace of life, a no fuss, no delay approach to your healthcare needs is essential to minimise the effects your injury has on your life and get you back on track.

Our Sports Injury and Exercise Medicine team is able to offer rapid access to facilities for sports screening, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and surgical treatment, all under one roof. With consulting rooms, a fixed site MRI scanner and cardiology testing among its many state-of-the-art facilities we are able to focus on rapid and positive patient outcomes

Chronic soft tissue injury such as groin pain, chronic hamstring pain or patellar tendinopathy, or even general fatigue (just to name a few) may cause significant time lost from sport. Our team have treated thousands of athletes with sports medicine problems and have developed many diagnostic tests and surgical interventions to determine the right diagnosis and correct treatment for our patients.

We can provide you with a sports specialist who is one of the best in their field – one that can diagnose and treat you right the first time.

Our specialists currently provide services to many professional sports teams (sports including rugby, football, swimming and winter sports) but our expertise also includes services to recreational athletes, footballers, swimmers, skiers, high school and university athletes, dancers, cyclists, runners, and gymnasts. 


Services

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Physicians specialise in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to participating in sports and/or exercise. Common examples of musculoskeletal problems include.

  • Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries, and fractures)
  • Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis, asthma or diabetes)
  • Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids and performance issues
  • Mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) and other head injuries
  • Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
  • Injury prevention
  • “Return to play" decisions in the sick or injured athlete
  • Strength training and conditioning
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion
  • Pre-participation physical examination
  • Injury assessment and management
  • Care of sports-related and general medical needs of athletes
  • Special populations (elderly, disabled, women, youth, etc)
  • Sports psychology issues
  • Addressing substance use
  • Education and counselling on illness & injury prevention
  • Coordinating care with other members of the sports medicine team to include athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal physicians, other medical and surgical specialties, and other ancillary personnel of specialty care and rehabilitation
  • Communication with athletic trainers, coaches, school administration, as well as athletes and their families.

Sports Cardiovascular Screening

In response to a number of tragic, high profile cases and guidance issued by many international medical and sports bodies, there is an increasing recognition that there is a largely unaddressed need to deliver specialist cardiovascular screening for those individuals that wish to participate in competitive sports. Such screening is recognised as a means of identifying individuals at high potential risk of sudden cardiac death during sporting activities. Some major sporting organisations have identified the importance of cardiovascular screening for their elite athletes and a few have already initiated screening programmes.

Our Cardiologist, supported by a full range of diagnostic tests, has established a service specifically to provide specialist cardiovascular screening and we would encourage individual athletes and/or teams to consider utilising this important service.

Pathology

An essential part of making a clinical diagnosis can be the use of the haematology and biochemistry blood test department. Your consultant may have requested for you to have a blood test as part of your diagnosis and treatment, our nursing team will receive and process your blood samples quickly and report back to your consultant, often within hours of having the blood test. Our team processes and reports on the full range of blood diagnostic tests, including complete haematological testing, coagulation tests, biochemistry screening, liver function, thyroid function and many other specialist blood tests.

Other services provided by the centre include:

  • Orthopeadic surgery, including surgery of the hand, shoulder, elbow, spine, hip, groin, knee, foot and ankle
  • Isokinetics strength assessment
  • Biomechanical and Functional video analysis
  • Sports specific rehabilitation programmes
  • Access to an experienced podiatrist
  • Advice on safe exercise participation and injury prevention
  • Running injury advice and treatment
  • Osteopathy
  • Specialist nutritional advice

Meet our sports injury team

Mr Jonathan Webb

Mr Jonathan Webb is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in knee surgery and sports medicine. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery and reconstruction of knee ligament injuries.

He undertook a Fellowship at the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Australia. This is a prestigious unit treating National and International athletes from the whole of Australia as well as providing the medical staff in charge of running the Sydney 2000 Olympics. During this time he was trained in the latest techniques of arthroscopic day stay surgery which result in rapid patient recovery and subsequent rehabilitation.

He successfully combined his medical training with a first-class rugby career, playing for Bristol and Bath Rugby Clubs. He played 33 times for England, winning two Five Nations Grand Slams and reaching the Rugby World Cup Final in 1991. His empathy combined with the latest techniques in orthopaedic surgery for the knee has already helped treat national and international athletes from a variety of sports.

Dr Stuart Miller

Dr Stuart Miller is a pioneer of Sports Medicine, specialising in a wide range of Sports and musculoskeletal injuries in both recreational and elite athletes as well as the less active population. His particular interests include running injuries, groin pain and injuries from racquet sports, rugby and football.

He is the Chief Medical Officer for the British Paralympic Association and lead doctor for the Paralympic team in Rio 2016 as well as in the Beijing and Sochi summer and Winter Paralympics.

In 2008 he was the Lead Sports Physician for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games looking after the welfare of athletes from all over the world and responsible for their care at all the venues and within the Athlete village.

Outside of work, Dr Miller is a keen sportsman, having competed in swimming, athletics, rugby and football, as well as enjoying tennis, badminton, long distance walking and cycling. He also took up karate whilst looking after the national team and has participated in judo.

Christine Hutchinson

Christine Hutchinson is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, with a specialist interest in sport. Currently studying for an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine, she has worked extensively with athletes from a variety of sporting backgrounds, helping them achieve their goals of competing at the top level. This includes Paralympians competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and regional rugby teams in Wales.

Mr Stephen Eastaugh-Waring

Stephen Eastaugh-Waring is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in conditions of the hip with a specialist interest in sports related conditions.

Mr Dan Titcomb

Dan Titcomb is a Consultant General Surgeon with a special interest in athletic pubalgia (also known as sports groin). Mr Titcomb works closely with Mr Eastaugh-Waring to enable them to successfully diagnose and treat pain – whether it be hip or groin.

Dr Guido Pieles

Guido Pieles is a Consultant Cardiologist with a special interest in sports cardiology. Dr Pieles works with many professional athletes to help diagnose and treat performance impacting conditions.

Recovery Plus Programme

Did you know that at Bristol Hospital we offer the Nuffield Health's Recovery Plus programme? This is free-of-charge optional enhanced recovery programme that enables you to continue your rehabilitation at a Nuffield Health Gym, with the help of a qualified physiotherapist.

Find Out More about Recovery Plus

Shockwave Therapy

We have recently invested in state of the art shockwave therapy which is a non-surgical treatment, and works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues within the abnormal tendon. Find out more about Shockwave Therapy.

The clinic’s aim is to accurately diagnose exercise related problems, find the right rehabilitation route and follow patients through to full recovery. Patients can also be seen who wish to maximise their sporting fitness performance. It caters for both amateur and serious sports people alike.

Combining physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and all rehabilitation services, podiatry, physiology and diagnostic services, the ‘one stop-shop’ allows for a seamless service from consultation through to scans, x-rays and the rehabilitation gym, all within one system.

For further information or to book an appointment please call 0117 906 4870.

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