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Dr. Kumar has extensive experience successfully treating all manner of upper limb, lower limb and spinal musculoskeletal conditions causing pain or impairing performance. He draws upon his previous training and qualifications in Surgery, high performance Sports Medicine and General Practice to undertake in-depth clinical evaluation and formulate holistic, bespoke management plans that help his patients achieve their goals.
As an educationalist, leading degree programs in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at University College London, he ensures all his patients acquire a good understanding of their diagnosis and rehabilitation strategies to enable optimum recovery.
Dr. Kumar has special expertise and qualifications in diagnostic ultrasound imaging of orthopaedic complaints to help confirm an accurate diagnosis and evaluate the extent of any injury often on the same visit. He is skilled in using a variety of injection therapies and shockwave therapy to expedite recovery.
He has special expertise in tendinopathy, concussion, chronic pain management, complex and recurrent injuries, youth and adolescent sport, disability sport, and optimisation of health and physical activity in patients with chronic disease.
He leads the National Tendinopathy Centre for clinical and research excellence based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health in London, where he is also involved in providing a multidisciplinary concussion service.
Dr. Kumar is Chief Medical Officer at Reading Football Club and AFC Wimbledon. He also currently works as a Consultant Physician to active servicemen and women with the Ministry of Defense, and elite able-bodied, disabled and youth athletes across professional sports, including The European Tour Golf and British Athletics.
He has previously worked at West Ham United Football Club, The English Football Association, Saracens Rugby, The London Marathon and Triathlon, England Hockey, The British Olympic Association, The English Institute for Sport, and Central London Community Health NHS Trust.
He has been medical officer at several major Games, including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Prior to this he undertook a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Aspetar, Qatar Athlete Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Hospital. He was awarded a British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine Fellowship that took him to Centre's of Excellence at Harvard in the USA and the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Canada, to study Sport & Exercise Medicine for children and adolescents.
Areas of interest
Sports injuries; Musculoskeletal medicine; Overuse injuries; Orthopaedic injuries; Occupational medicine;
Joint pain; Arthritis; Stress fractures;
Cartilage, Tendon, Ligament, Muscle, Bone injuries; Tendinopathy; Tendinitis;
Sport & exercise medicine in children, adolescents, pregnancy, older age;
Physical activity for disease prevention & treatment;
Endurance sports injuries; Performance medicine; Running, Triathlon, Football, Rugby, Golf, Cricket, Cycling injuries; Complex or recurrent Injuries;
Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot, Groin, Buttock, Back, Spine, Neck, Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, Wrist pain;
Exercise induced leg pain;
Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound;
Injection therapy; joint and soft tissue injections; PRP; shockwave (ESWT) therapy;
Medical conditions and exercise;
Exercise Induced Asthma; Iron deficiency; Female Athlete Triad, Overtraining Syndrome & Underperformance;
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