Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith is a Sports & Exercise Medicine doctor who has a number of specialist skills in the management of hip and groin problems, including femoroacetabular impingement. She has guided the recovery of over 3,000 patients undergoing hip arthroscopy and regularly works with GB athletes, professional dancers, PGA Golfers, as well as circus performers and climbers. She initially trained in Sports Medicine at Bath University and has a particular interest in helping people recover after surgery, or those who have failed to recover despite previous treatment.
Dr Spencer-Smith has a particularly functional and biomechanics-focused approach to care. She’s a great problem-solver of pain with complex movement patterns, such as ankle pain in runners, shoulder pain in tennis players, and spinal pain in golfers. In addition to this, she also assists in the care of patients under-going cancer treatment, to enable them to benefit from the treatment-enhancing effects of exercise, and to regain new resilience post-chemotherapy.
She works closely with physios, osteos, orthopaedic surgeons, podiatrists and strength and conditioning coaches, to ensure a very tailored and quickly responsive multidisciplinary approach for her patients. She has a very approachable and enthusiastic manner, and she’s passionate about helping patients to get back to doing what’s important to them, especially if they’ve been struggling to recover.
It is important that HCA is transparent about our relationship with those doctors who provide us with clinical guidance on delivering the best possible care to patients and operating our hospitals safely and efficiently. We set out here some of the ways in which we work together and the amount we pay this doctor for such services.
Diagnosis and treatment of hip and groin pain:
Diagnosis and treatment running and endurance sports injuries:
MBBS St Bartholomew's Hospital, University of London 1995
DRCOG Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1998
MRCGP Royal College of General Practitioners 1999
MSc Sport and Exercise University of Bath 2006
FFSEM Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine: Royal College of Surgeons 2013
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Sports & Exercise Medicine
Dr Spencer-Smith is an exceptional sports physician specialising in musculoskeletal treatment. I've worked with Cath as a recipient of her referrals for Dietetics for several years now; and all patients who have received her care have only had positive feedback. Her care and attention to 'tricky' musculoskeletal issues, chronic under-training or other sports performance issues is incredible. She comes highly recommended from one clinician to another, don't look any further!
Cath is a very knowledgable and experienced Sports Doctor. She is an excellent communicator and helps clients understand their condition and takes the time to carefully explain to clients what is wrong and what the best options are for a full recovery. I refer regularly to Cath and would trust her with my nearest and dearest. One of the best!
Cathy Spencer-Smith is my Sports Medicine specialist of choice. She is an excellent clinician and diagnostician, as well as having the bedside manner to match!
I can highly recommend Cath as a Sports & Exercise Medicine doctor. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which she combines with a friendly and straightforward approach to solving your injury. She is second to none when it comes to fixing hips!