Sports Injury and Exercise Medicine Centre in Bristol
Our fully integrated sports and exercise medicine clinic provides practitioners, facilities and equipment offering patients a comprehensive assessment and treatment service.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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 Eastaugh-Waring's specialist areas include young hip disease and hip resurfacing. He also performs hip replacement surgery at our Bristol Hospital. His patients include, those who have competed in Triathlon and Fencing World Championships after Hip Replacements, and others who have played professional rugby and football after soft tissue hip surgery.
He has a specialist interest in sports related conditions and works closely with other members of our team to provide a specialist clinic for Sports Groin.
Alongside his clinical commitments he’s found time to become a 5 time Iron Man and GB age group triathlete.
Mr Dan Titcomb
Dan Titcomb is a Consultant General and Minimally Invasive Surgeon with a special interest in Inguinal Disruption and groin pain.
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.
Dr Guy Evans
Guy Evans is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He has extensive experience managing athletes at both elite and recreational level. He is currently the Lead Doctor at Bath Rugby Club and is the Chief Medical Officer for the British Swimming team. He worked with the Great Britain Rowing team for seven years and has been to multiple World and European Championships with both GB swimming and rowing teams.
Guy is a competitive triathlete himself having raced Ironman Triathlon and representing Great Britain in his age-group at three ITU Long Course World Championships. He has a particular interest in contact sport injuries, problems related to endurance sports, stress fractures, under-performance issues and overuse injuries. He is experienced at point of care musculoskeletal ultrasound and offers both diagnostic and therapeutic injections in clinic when required.
Mr Rory Murray
Rory is a renowned Sports Physiotherapist, with over 10 years’ experience working in elite sport. Alongside his work at the Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, Rory is currently the Head of Medical Services at Bristol Rugby, as well as a visiting Lecturer at the University of West England and Queen Mary University London.
Rory’s career began as an athlete in the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland, before transitioning into a role as a multi-sport Physiotherapist at the Belfast based Institute. A position at Ulster Rugby followed, where Rory worked with the Irish province until 2012, culminating in a European Cup Final appearance.
Rory assumed the role as Head of Medical Service at Bristol Rugby ahead of the 2015/16 season, a year that saw Bristol Rugby return to the English Premiership for the first time in 7 years.
With a passion for rehabilitation following musculoskeletal injury, Rory has joined the Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital to bring elite physiotherapy to the public.
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.
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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