Dr Richard Seah

Dr Richard Seah

MBBS, MSc (Hons), MAcadMEd, MFMLM, MRCGP, MFSEM, FFSEM(UK), DCH, DFFP, Dip Football Med, DipSEM(GB&I)

Sports & Exercise Medicine

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3 specialists

20 years of experience
9 years as a specialist
Video consultation available

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“I cannot be more thankful to Dr. Richard Seah, his due diligence and his care towards my case was above and beyond expected. I felt in really good hands and would not hesitate to refer him to friends, family and colleagues. “
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4643302
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £260

    Follow-up appointment: £190

    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Beaufort House Elstree Road, Elstree, United Kingdom, WD6 3BS
    91 reviews

    The Institute of Sport Exercise & Health (ISEH)

    170 Tottenham Court Road, London, United Kingdom, W1T 7HA
    2 reviews

    About

    DR RICK SEAH  

    MBBS, MSc (Hons), MAcadMEd, MFMLM, MRCGP, MFSEM, FFSEM(UK), DCH, DFFP, Dip Football Med, DipSEM(GB&I)

    HCA Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH), London W1T 7HA

    HCA The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3BS

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    Dr Richard (Rick) Seah is a UK-trained consultant in Musculoskeletal, Sport & Exercise Medicine (MSK & SEM).

    He consults at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH) and is an honorary sports physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust.

    He also consults at The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront & Pure Sports Medicine, Canary Wharf, London.

    Dr Seah studied medicine at Guy's, King's & St Thomas' Hospitals Medical School, University of London. He qualified in 1999. He subsequently obtained his IABSEM diploma and a Master's degree in SEM with distinction from University College London in 2005.

    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.

    www.LondonSportsPhysician.co.uk

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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 
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    Education

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery Degree- MBBS. 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)
    • 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)
    • FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine (2020)

    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)
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    Reviews

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    I cannot be more thankful to Dr. Richard Seah, his due diligence and his care towards my case was above and beyond expected. I felt in really good hands and would not hesitate to refer him to friends, family and colleagues.
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    Friendly and took time to explain everything and answer my questions.
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    Very good. Very experienced.
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    Drck Seah was great and helped my plansar fiscia a huge amount
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    If Carslberg did doctors... goes above and beyond and has a wonderful manner with patients.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Professional manor Thourgh and attentive, always had a lot of time to listen.
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    Professional manor Thourgh and attentive, always had a lot of time to listen.
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    Expert diagnosis and sensitive and considerate care. Grateful!
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    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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    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 3 doctors for:
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    Sports & Exercise Medicine

    Mr Sam Singh
    Mr Sam Singh
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    02-02-2020

    Rick is an experienced Sports Doctor and a good opinion.

    For specialty: Sports & Exercise Medicine
    For conditions: Sports Injuries
    Connection: I have referred patients to them
    Mr Andrew Goldberg
    Mr Andrew Goldberg
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    27-04-2019

    Most doctors treat just the problem presented to them. Rick refreshingly looks at patients as a whole and takes a very holistic approach to care. He spends a lot of time getting to know his patients and offers an exceptional standard of care.

    For specialty: Sports & Exercise Medicine
    For conditions: Musculoskeletal Injury
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Mr Amit Amin
    Mr Amit Amin
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    21-12-2020

    I have known Rick as a friend and colleague for many years, and he is a specialist in Sport and Exercise medicine. We have worked together treating patients with simple and complex problems. Rick is an exemplary professional, thorough and he gives patients the time they need to fully understand their condition/problem. On top of this, he is an extremely pleasant individual, and I have no hesitation recommending his services to my patients/friends and family.

    For specialty: Sports & Exercise Medicine
    For conditions: Dance Injury, Tendinopathy (tendonitis), Sports Medicine, Sports Injuries, sports injuries, Hip and groin pain, Tennis Injury, Running Injuries, Rugby Injury, Back Pain, Cricket Injury, Football Injury, Endurance Sports Injuries, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Tendinopathy (Pitcher’s Shoulder), Shoulder Pain, Osteoporosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Cartilage Injury, Shin Splints, Musculoskeletal Injury, Ligament Injury, Joint Injury
    For procedures: Ultrasound, Prolotherapy, Exercise testing, Shockwave Therapy, Joint Injection, Musculoskeletal ultrasound, Physical Fitness Assessment, Soft Tissue Injection
    Connection: Is a colleague

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