I have been a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon since February 1999 performing over 3000 spinal operations over twenty years for a range of conditions including spinal trauma, infection and degenerative disc disease and disc prolapse. In recent years I have been performing less surgery and focusing more on assessment and investigation of patients with spinal pain and functional restoration and rehabilitation.
My major area of interest currently is the non-surgical management of spinal pain in benign conditions using functional re-habilitation, exercise, acupuncture and cognitive behavioural therapy. I have a core network of specialists including physiotherapists, pilates instructors, acupuncturists and cognitive behavioral therapists who can assist in the multidisciplinary approach in the management of non-specific spinal pain.
Below I have outlined my personal thoughts on spinal pain and degenerative spinal conditions. This is not meant to be comprehensive but is a reflection of my experience and interpretation of the spinal literature.