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Dr Polly Baker

Dr Polly Baker

Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine
MB BChir MA (Cantab) MRCP FFSEM Dip USS

Practising at

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Polly Baker at Spire include:

Musculoskeletal medicine

General medicine

Other treatments

  • ESWT for tendinopathies
  • Exercise induced asthma
  • High volume injections for tendinopathies
  • Plantar fasciopathy/ fasciitis
  • Ultrasound guided hydrodistension for frozen shoulder
  • Ultrasound guided injection

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Professional profile

I have been a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine for six years. During this time I’ve worked across a variety of areas including military, elite sport and private practice. Given my ability to provide diagnostic ultrasound scanning, I can offer a one-stop service for musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries. I see patients of all ages with the aim of returning them to sport, work or any other preferred activity such as gardening - as safely and quickly as possible. I treat my patients holistically, working closely with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure optimal management and recovery.

I treat cervical spine related headaches, concussion and diagnosis and management of neck pain. I provide diagnosis and management of elbow and shoulder pain through ultrasound guided procedures including subacromial subdeltoid bursa (impingement) injection, biceps tendon sheath injection, ACJ injection and hydrodistension for frozen shoulder. I also diagnose and manage wrist pain through clinically guided injections including corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid - wrist joint (synovitis, osteoarthritis). I also provide diagnosis and management of thoracic pain.

I provide diagnosis and management of lumbar spine related pain with ultrasound guided caudal epidural. For hip and groin pain, ultrasound guided procedures including diagnostic and therapeutic hip injection, adductor tendon sheath injection, gluteus medius tendon/greater trochanteric bursal injection. I diagnose and manage of ankle and knee pain with ultrasound guided high volume injection of the patella and achilles tendons. Clinically guided injections including corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid injections for ankle and knee joints (synovitis and osteoarthritis). ESWT for achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciopathy/ fasciitis. I offer procedure for pain management including non pharmacological strategies such as pacing and prescription of neuropathic pain relief as well as acupuncture for relief of muscle spasm.

Currently, as well as working at Spire, I work at Stanford Hall - the Defence Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) - where I run a musculoskeletal and specialised tendinopathy clinic. DNRC is a residential rehabilitation unit and the tertiary referral centre for the Defence Rehabilitation Programme. It’s objective is to improve the function and independence of those military personnel, whether they be injured (commonly from battle), or affected by musculoskeletal conditions.

In addition to these roles I provide Sports Medicine expertise to the male and female players at the Eastbourne Tennis tournament. Historically, I’ve also been involved with a variety of other elite sports, such as Northampton Saints rugby, Arsenal Women FC, Chelsea academy, and GB handball. Involvement with the GB handball team led to my current position in Team GBs medical performance team. I am a pitch-side instructor for the Rugby Football Union.

In addition to my clinical work I am the research lead for the Brighton Marathon and co-chair the research arm for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. I am also an honorary research fellow at the University of Brighton and I'm due to start a PhD on tendinopathy at Loughborough University in 2019.

Clinical Interests

Back pain
Headache
Lumbar spine disorders
Lumbar spine disorders
Magnetic resonance imaging
Musculoskeletal imaging
Nutrition
Obesity
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis
Paediatric orthopaedics
Pain management
Pain management
Pain management
Pain management
Pain relief
Rehabilitation
Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injury
Sports and exercise medicine
Sports injury
Sports injury
Sports injury
Sports medicine
Sports medicine
Sports medicine
Ultrasound

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Journals

Baker P, Davies SL, Larkin J, Moult D, Benton S, Roberts A and Harris T. Changes to the cardiac biomarkers of non-elite athletes completing the 2009 London Marathon. Emerg Med J 2014 May;31(5):374-9.
May 2014
Barker-Davies R, Nicol A, McCurdie I, Watson J, Baker P, Wheeler P, Fong D, Lewis M and Bennett A. Study protocol: a double blind randomised control trial of high volume image guided injections in Achilles and patellar tendinopathy in a young active population. BMC Musculo Disorders 2017 May; 18:204.
May 2017
Richardson A, Leckie T, Watkins ER, Fitzpatrick D, Galloway R, Grimaldi R, Baker P. Cardiac troponin T increases during a marathon are associated with relative exercise intensity. J Sci Med Sport 2018 Sept;21(9):880-884.
September 2018

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Professional leadership

Research lead for Brighton Marathon
Research chair for British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

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Personal Profile

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with the family and staying as active as possible (I often find the two occur simultaneously). I played tennis to a high level and now continue to play for fun.

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Financial Interests

None.

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Private contact details