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Dr Etherington is an experienced consultant, specialising in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation
Medicine, with a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine and considerable experience in the management of sports and musculoskeletal injuries - including the use of exercise-based rehabilitation.
He was the Director of Defence Rehabilitation for the UK Armed Forces for 10 years and was responsible for the planning and delivery of all forms of rehabilitation for the Services including musculoskeletal, neurological and trauma rehabilitation. He was Defence Consultant Advisor for rheumatology, rehabilitation and Sport and Exercise Medicine.
He developed the complex trauma rehabilitation service for the battle casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan, which achieved a world class reputation.
He was National Clinical Director Rehabilitation for NHS England for 3 years and worked on the programme which developed the Regional Trauma Networks.
He is the President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK and
was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.
Areas of interest
Rheumatology; sero-negative arthritis; psoriatic arthopathy; spondyloarthropathy; reactive arthritis; Rehabilitation; exercise-based rehabilitation; prosthetic rehabilitation; neurological rehabilitation; mild traumatic brain injury; concussion; musculoskeletal rehabilitation; musculoskeletal injury; lower limb overuse injury; Back pain; Spinal pain; Music and Dance performance medicine Sports and Exercise Medicine; chronic pain; fibromyalgia
Dr Etherington has researched and published in many areas of musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation including:
• A prospective study to establish the incidence of overuse anterior knee pain its effect on military training outcome and to examine dynamic biomechanical risk factors
• A large randomised controlled trial of exercise in the prevention of anterior knee pain in recruits.
• An epidemiological study of traumatic brain injury
• Use of ultrasound to detect chronic achilles tendinosis in an asymptomatic currently active population
• Exercise-based rehabilitation of back pain
• Prediction of musculoskeletal injuries in military recruits using artificial neural networks
• Validation of outcome measures in military rehabilitation
• Energy expenditure and gait outcomes in traumatic amputation
• Function and psychological outcomes in complex trauma patients
• Vocational and functional outcomes in traumatic brain injury
Sport, remaining fit, playing cricket. Reading particularly military and English History. Theatre, music and family life
Examples of Publications:
Military Medicine in Iraq and Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Review I Greaves (Ed) CRC Press ISBN 9781315148885
Defence Rehabilitation Etherington J, Pope S. 2018
Temporal Spatial and Metabolic Measures of Walking in Highly Functional Individuals with Lower Limb Amputations Jarvis H, Alexander Bennett N, Twiste M, Phillip R, Etherington J, Baker R.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017 Jul; 98(7):1389-1399
Outcomes for UK service personnel indicate high quality trauma care and rehabilitation
Etherington J, Bennett AN, Phillip R, Mistlin A.
BMJ 2016;354; i4741 doi: 10.1136/bj.i4741 (Published 6 Sept 2016)
Influence of immediate and delayed lower-limb amputation versus lower-limb salvage on functional and mental health outcomes post-rehabilitation in UK military
Ladlow P, Phillip R, Coppack R, Etherington J, Bilzon J , McGuigan MP, Bennett A
J Bone Joint Surg Am 2016 Dec 7 (230:1996-2005)
The Mayo Portland Adaptability Inventory-4 outcome measure is superior to UK FIM+FAM in a British military population.
McGilloway E, Mitchell J, Dharm-Datta S, Roberts A, Tilley H, Etherington J.
Brain Inj. 2016 Jul 28:1-5.
Functional and Mental Health status of UK military amputees post-rehabiltation
Ladlow P, Phillip R, Etherington J, Coppack R, Bilzon J, McGuigan MP, Bennett AN
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015 96 (11)
Predicting low back pain outcome following rehabilitation for low back pain
Roberts A J, Dew A, Bridger R, Etherington J, Kiminster S
Journal of Back Musculo-skeletal Rehabilitation 2015 28 119-128
The Effects of Exercise for the Prevention of Overuse Anterior Knee Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial
R Coppack, A Wills, J Etherington
American J Sports Medicine 2011 May; 39(5):940-8.
The Effect of Weight-Bearing Exercise on Bone Mineral Density: A Study of Female Ex-Elite Athletes and The General Population
J Etherington, P A Harris, D Nandra, D J Hart, RL Wolman, DV Doyle, TD Spector.
J Bone Miner Res 1996 11( 9 ): 1333-1338
Risk of Osteoarthritis associated with running: a radiological survey of female ex-athletes and population controls.
Arthritis and Rheumatism 1996 vol 39 (6); 988-995
Spector TD, Harris PA, Hart DJ, Cicuttini F, Nandra D, Etherington J, Wolman R, Doyle DV.
Courses offered to GPs
Dr Etherington has spoken widely at national and international conferences and is very happy to speak to groups on any aspect of sport and musculoskeletal medicine, rheumatology and rehabilitation.
- MBChB University of Birmingham 1986
- MSc Queen Mary's University, London 1996
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians London 1991
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians London 2001
- FFSEM (UK) Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine 2006
- Elected Fellow FPM Faculty of Pain Management Royal College of Anaesthetists 2011
Reference number 3142628
Affiliations / memberships
British Society for Rheumatology
Royal Society of Medicine
- Pure Sport Medicine Finsbury Square
- 10:00 - 15:00
- 020 3595 1236
- Pure Sport Medicine Finsbury Square
- 08:30 - 13:30
- 020 3595 1236
- The WarrenASHTEADKT21 2SB
- 18:00 - 20:00
- 01372 221400
Post treatment communication
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