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Dr Richard Seah
MB BS, MSc, MAcadMEd, MRCGP, FFSEM, DCH, DSEM
Sport & Exercise Medicine Doctor
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About

Dr Seah is a consultant in sport & exercise medicine (SEM) at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH) and honorary sports physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust. 

Dr Seah obtained a Masters degree in SEM with distinction from University College London. He trained for 4 years as a London Deanery SEM speciality registrar and spent a further 1 year as a senior registrar, prior to entry onto the GMC specialist register. In total, he trained over a period of 12 years in the NHS and is doubly accredited as a specialist and generalist. He is a qualified musculoskeletal sonographer.

He was a sports medicine doctor at both London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He has previously worked with the English Institute of Sport, British Fencing, British Canoeing and Wheelchair Tennis. He was a medical officer for the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon from 2010-2014 and the Wembley National Stadium event medical team from 2007-2009.

He is interested in all aspects of musculoskeletal and sports injury. This ranges from acute traumatic injury to chronic overuse injury to myofascial pain syndromes. He oversees all aspects of the management process from prompt diagnosis to rehabilitation and subsequent injury prevention.

 

 

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Medical Procedures

  • Ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections
  • Medical acupuncture, dry needling and myofascial trigger point (MTrP) release
  • Viscosupplementation injections for osteoarthritis
  • Shockwave therapy (ESWT) for plantar fasciitis, 'tennis elbow' and insertional tendinopathies
  • Prolotherapy/ sclerosant injections for ligamentous & soft tissue laxity
  • Orthobiologics & Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Medications for acute and chronic pain (Nociceptive and neuropathic pain)
  • Lifestyle and weight management advice
  • 'Frozen shoulder' hydrodistension injections
  • High volume image-guided injections (HVIGI) for Achilles and patellar tendinopathy
  • Exercise prescription
  • Compartment pressure testing (CPT) for suspected chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS)
  • Injections (BTX) for pain management & recurrent muscle spasm
  • joint injection 
  • prolotherapy 
  • ultrasound 
  • musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • shockwave therapy 
  • exercise prescription 
  • soft tissue injection 

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Special Interests

  • All musculoskeletal and sports injuries
  • Upper limb injuries (e.g. Tennis elbow, Shoulder impingement)
  • Lower limb injuries (e.g. Achilles & Patellar tendinopathy, Plantar fasciopathy)
  • Neck and back pain
  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Injection therapies
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) for soft tissue injuries.
  • tennis injury 
  • exercise medicine 
  • joint injury 
  • running injuries 
  • dance injury 
  • ankle sprain 
  • cartilage injury 
  • football injury 
  • ligament injury 
  • shin splints 
  • tendinopathy 
  • back pain 
  • hip and groin pain 

Education

Education:

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery Degree- MB BS. Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals Medical School, King’s College London, University of London (1999)
  • Diploma in Child Health- DCH. Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (2002)
  • Diploma in Family Planning- DFFP. Faculty of Family Planning, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2003)
  • Master’s Degree in Sport & Exercise Medicine (with Distinction)- MSc (Hons). University College London, University of London (2005)
  • Diploma in Sport & Exercise Medicine- DSEM (GB&I). Intercollegiate Academic Board of Sport & Exercise Medicine of Great Britain & Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2005)

Memberships:

  • UK Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine  (2006)
  • Irish Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (2006)
  • Academy of Medical Educators, UK (2010)
  • Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management (2012)

 

 

Reviews

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

05-12-2018
Very good. Very experienced.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

04-12-2018
Drck Seah was great and helped my plansar fiscia a huge amount

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

29-11-2018
If Carslberg did doctors... goes above and beyond and has a wonderful manner with patients.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

29-11-2018
Rick was very quick and efficient when I saw him, referring me to the scan quickly and on to the appropriate consultant when the results came in. The consultant's secretary already knew about my case from Rick by the time I got in contact with them.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

27-11-2018
I have been to visit Rick on several occasions over the last 6 years or so for treatment on troublesome elbows. I am an international golfer and my career has been plagued by "Golfers Elbow". Having tried acupuncture, ultrasound and numerous cortisone injections I was referred to see a surgeon with a view to operating on the left elbow 5 years ago. The surgeon could only give a 60% chance of success so at that point I was despairing. It was Christmas and I couldn't even hold a putter in my hands. I started doing some research on the internet and found "PRP injections", and that led me to Rick Seah as the nearest surgeon in this country practicing this procedure. I searched out his email address and wrote to him only half expecting a reply. Within an hour I received an email back from him saying he would be happy to meet and assess with a view to treatment. My first appointment was scheduled within days. Chatrooms on the internet filled me with trepidation about how painful it would be so when I saw Rick for my first session I was very nervous. I need not have been; Rick talked me through everything in fine detail, and then proceeded to perform dry needling whilst spinning my blood taken from the "good" elbow. Then for the injections, they were fine, much less painful than the dry needling. £ weeks later I had another session and it was between session 2 and 3 that things started to improve. By May I was back on the golf course and had no more problems until July 2017 when the same injury reared its ugly head again, this time accompanied by a mild case in the right medial epicondyle. This has been a longer haul as I tried to continue playing competitive golf through the treatment (not to be advised). Two lots of PRP last summer was not enough to heal and by the time the season was finished I had pain in 3 sites. Rick then suggested we try shock wave therapy instead which sadly did not cure the problem. 9 months on and no change so Rick suggested that I go onto a very low dose of medicine to try and calm the pain. After 6 months again really no improvement so I was referred back once more to the surgeon I had seen 5 years previously. Again he was reluctant to operate as so many sites were involved and he referred me back to Rick suggesting that as PRP injections had worked in the past I should try that again. So now I am half way through another course and thankfully things are starting to improve now. I have to say that Rick is extremely professional, efficient, and sympathetic to a sports persons ambitions as well as being realistic about their capabilities. I would, and have recommended his services to fellow sportsmen and women struggling with any sort of sports related tendon injury. Having tried all other treatments Rick is the only professional in whom I would place 100% trust that he will cure the problem.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

26-11-2018
Dr Seah has an excellent bedside manner. He makes a patient feel immediately at ease. I would definitely recommend Dr Seah to other patients with shoulder injuries such as mine.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-11-2018
Very thoughtful and caring, and really understands the need to get back to previous levels of specific sports (for me, athletics) ie beyond 'just' getting out of pain. Had a one-off set of steroid injections which really helped. Would highly recommend Dr Seah.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

25-11-2018
I thought Dr. Seah was very personable, knowledgeable, clear and professional throughout. In his appointment I understood exactly what my injury was and what should be done to get myself back in good health. Would highly recommend and go back to myself if I needed it.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

24-11-2018
Professional manor Thourgh and attentive, always had a lot of time to listen.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

24-11-2018
Professional manor Thourgh and attentive, always had a lot of time to listen.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

24-11-2018
Expert diagnosis and sensitive and considerate care. Grateful!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

20-09-2018
Dr Rick Seah is one-of-a-kind doctor — somebody who sees you and treats you as a whole person and not just a narrow problem you have. His expertise is unparalleled and his human touch is second to none. I came to see Rick with a persisent upper and lower back pain. Rick tried every possible approach and method to help me and as well referred me to additional specialists. We ultimately found something that significantly improved my condition He has been a great source of help in many various aspects.

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