Dr John Tanner, MSK/Sports Physician and Medical Osteopath is Presenting at the BASEM Spring Conference 2017

Dr John Tanner, MSK/Sports Physician and Medical Osteopath is Presenting at the BASEM Spring Conference 2017

Dr John Tanner trained first as a GP before specialising in orthopaedic and sports medicine.  He ran a sports injury clinic in Milton Keynes for 7 years, a medical osteopathic practice in Bermuda for 4 years and on return to the UK developed the Oving Clinic as a multidisciplinary practice in West Sussex. He also worked as an Associate Specialist at Odstock Rehabilitation in the Pain Management team for 10 years and for 2 years in orthopaedics at Worthing. He took over Malcolm Read’s practice in Guildford and has worked at the Blackberry Clinic there He has authored several books on back pain the most recent being ‘Your Guide to Back Pain’ by the BMA. He pioneered the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in tendinopathy in the UK, and has a special interest in chronic musculoskeletal and spinal pain, interventional pain relief techniques and psychological management. He is an Instructor for the Spinal Intervention Society and sits on the European Faculty for this and set up a new course for Post Graduate training for doctors in Musculoskeletal Medicine offered by the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine, teaching regularly throughout the UK. He is in his 5th year as President of BIMM.

He has worked with the team at BUPA Health Centre, Basinghall for the last 15 years.

His presentation at the BASEM Spring Conference is entitled "The Place of Spinal Injections in Acute and Chronic Spine Pain"

The place of spinal injections in the management of back pain and sciatica will cover both acute and chronic mechanical back pain as well as nerve root pain. The current guidelines from NICE will be discussed and the wider evidence base drawing from 30 years experience in treating spinal conditions. The relative value of targeted image guided injections over unguided injections and the transforaminal route versus the interlaminar or caudal route.

The diagnostic issues surrounding facet joint and sacroiliac pain, local anaesthetic blocks and use of radiofrequency denervation as opposed to prolotherapy