Dizziness courses

Sportswise is hosting 2 Dizziness courses suitable for all Doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and other health professionals.

Dizziness course (Level 1) – Vestibular assessment, treatment and rehabilitation – Saturday 12th May 2018

Dizziness course (Level 2) – Advanced level vestibular assessment, treatment and rehabilitation – Sunday 13th May 2018

To book on http://www.heseminars.com/App_Plugins/Course/List.aspx?letter=d


Back pain talk

Sportswise invites you to a free of charge informal evening talk on back pain, to be held on Wednesday 16th May at 6.30pm

Presented by Sport & Exercice Medicine consultant Dr Siva and physiotherapist Gabriella Regan, they will provide information and advice on things you can do to ease the pain and how to keep your back in good condition.

back pain

back pain

To book a place please contact the reception team on 01323 745970 or email us at reception@sportswise.org.uk

Baby news

Congratulations to Sportswise physio, Paul and wife Jo, on the safe arrival of their baby daughter Matilda last month weiging 8lb 8oz.
Matilda is in safe hands with two big brothers, Harry and Samuel, to help look after her. Paul said he is delighted to have a daughter added to the family, and looks forward to the challenge of a girl!

Paul with baby Matilda

Paul with baby Matilda

Sportswise sports day

In 2016 the Sportswise staff, with family and friends, took part in a seafront walk to raise money for Sport Relief. This year sees the return of Sport Relief, therefore another challenge for the Sportswise team awaits. This year we have teamed up with some of our University of Brighton colleagues and will participate in a traditional sports day.
Sunday 25th March will see physios, doctors, administrators and lecturers all compete in events such as the egg and spoon race, dressing up race, and hoop shoot! It will be held at the University Sports Centre in Denton Road from 2pm and we would love as many of you to come and watch, and possibly join in the fun. If you would like to contribute towards this fantastic charity please visit our Just Giving page

Sport Relief 2018

Sport Relief 2018

Vestibular physiotherapy

Do you often feel dizzy or have balance problems? It may be that you need some vestibular physiotherapy.

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialised physiotherapist, to improve balance and reduce dizziness-related problems. They assess which area is causing the dizziness (vestibular organ, eye muscles, neck, hearing, skin sensors etc) and retrain the signals to the brain to help reduce these symptoms.

This service is now available with Sportswise physio, Gabriella Regan, who is trained and qualified to assess and rehabilitate in this area. Should you wish to book an appointment to see her or for further information please call reception on 01323 745970.

Vestibular physiotherapy

Frozen shoulder suffering

Philip Walters

Philip Walters shown above on the right

We are always pleased to hear about a patients progress after they receive treatment or following a procedure. Philip Walters injured his shoulder in May of last year after falling off a ladder and developed a frozen shoulder.  His physio suggsted he saw Sportswise consultant, Dr Polly Baker, to discuss the possibility of an injection.  Dr Baker was able to offer him an ultrasound guided hydrodistension injection  for his shoulder.  In frozen shoulder the capsule of the joint becomes tight around the joint restricting movement and causing pain – a bit like shrink-wrapped cling film.
This hydrodistension injection is not widely available but a technique offered at Sportswise. After inserting a needle into the joint under ultrasound guidance, fluid is injected to distend the tight capsule from the inside to restore movement.  Philip states ‘I had great confidence in having this procedure done by Dr Baker and Professor Webborn.  There was some initial discomfort with the injections, but I received good explanations and warnings from the team whilst it was being done.’
Philip regards this procedure as a success, and says he started to feel the benefits of it almost straight away. After a couple of sessions of physiotherapy with Luke post-procedure, he started to get back to ‘normal life’ and importantly back to his martial arts, where he has trained for over 40 years in Shotokan Karate and holds a grade of 4th Dan Black Belt. He also trains in Kobudo, where he holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt, and in a Philippines Martial Art called Arnis.
If you are struggling with a frozen shoulder then this technique may be suitable for you. Why not make an appointment with the doctor to discuss if it could help you?

Christmas opening hours

Sportswise will be closed for the festive period from 12.30pm on Saturday 23rd December and will reopen at 8am on Tuesday 2nd January.

We would like to wish you and your family a restful, peaceful and joyful Christmas. From all the team at Sportswise.



Bake sale for MNDA

Earlier this month we held our annual bake sale and you can see from the photo we had an array of yummy treats to sell. Sportswise staff, along with our University of Brighton colleagues, students and of course our lovely patients, all did a fantastic job of eating their way through pretty much the whole lot!

Thanks to all who baked for us and those that bought.  At the end of the day we raised a fantastic £227.17p for our chosen charity this year, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Bake Sale

Bake sale 2017

Luke’s 7th Beachy Head marathon

It was Sportswise physio Luke Carter’s 7th time of running the Beachy Head Marathon this year. On a beautiful Saturday morning back in October, with pretty near perfect condtions, Luke set off on the 26.2 mile run over the picturesque, but challenging, South Downs National Park countryside.

Four hours and 58 minutes later he arrived back in Eastbourne to an applause from family and friends. Luke says ‘Being ill earlier in the week I knew I would have to take it easier than normal, but I completed another year successfully!’ Well done Luke and all our patients who entered this year.

Luke at Beachy Head Marathon

Luke at Beachy Head Marathon

Ostenil for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the commonest problems and probably something that we will all face at some time, in one joint or another.   Its impact on our lives can be significant with severe pain and immobility, or for some a nagging nuisance that stops you doing the things you enjoy – gardening or playing a whole round of golf.  The principal symptoms are pain and stiffness, particularly in the morning, joint swelling and grating or grinding noises.  The hips, knees, fingers and big toes are common sites, as well as the spine.

In general, we advocate conservative treatments initially which includes measures like physiotherapy, simple pain-killers, specific exercises and activity modification. Shock absorbing footwear or insoles may help, as might taking supplements of glucosamine and chondroitin – the building blocks of cartilage in joints. But when these have failed or symptoms are too severe what else can you do before considering surgery?

Fortunately, now there are a variety of injections that may help to keep you active. For some this may mean returning to full exercise, and for others it could mean deferring surgery.  We still use corticosteroid injections when joints are acutely inflamed with lots of swelling and redness but this does not have a long term benefit and has more side effects. Consequently, we now offer treatment called viscosupplementation with a substance called Hyaluronic acid or Hyaluronans, which is the important substance in your natural synovial (joint) fluid. Injecting Hyaluronic acid in a gel-like form gives a highly viscous, lubricating fluid that coats the lining of the damaged joint surfaces and lining, reduces pain and protects the joint surfaces from joint inflammation. Our patients often refer to it as a version of WD40 for their joints.

ostenil plus

Ostenil Plus


At Sportswise we use a preparation called Ostenil Plus as it has a high concentration of hyaluronic acid and in our experience has very few side effects.  For most joints it requires a course of 3 injections, each separated by a week, but this will depend on the individual and the joint involved. For the hip and shoulder joints we will use ultrasound guidance for the injection but for most others this is not necessary. There may be a little soreness at the time, as with any needle puncture, but this quickly settles and you can continue your usual activity the next day. There are very few side effects, as it is a naturally occurring substance in the body. A few people may have a slight allergic reaction which causes temporary pain and swelling in their joint after the injection which will settle with ice and paracetamol.  There is also a small risk of infection with any injection, estimated at less than 1 in 20 000, but we have never had one at Sportswise in twenty years.

It is hard to predict how each patient will respond as this depends on many factors, including how well you look after your joint and whether you do strengthening exercises. Generally the improvement can be from 6-12 months to several years. We can monitor your progress through validated self-report questionnaires, with questions specific to the joint involved. This gives a score that can track your progress over time.

Please make an appointment to discuss it with one of our consultants if you want to find out more about osteoarthritis and the injections available.