Dr Amit Kumar
Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Management
MBBS, FRCA, FFPMRCA
I qualified as a doctor from the University of Madras, India in 1989 and followed it by higher specialist training in the UK. I have been working as a Consultant in Pain Management & Anaesthetics at Sunderland Royal Hospital from 2005, with the majority of my time spent in managing chronic pain.
I use a balanced approach for chronic pain management with the help of medications and injection procedures where necessary. I acknowledge the multidisciplinary role in restoring physical functioning and work hand in hand with physiotherapists and psychologists.
I have acquired my own practical skills through experience and participating in several international courses to learn from experts in the field. I have a subspecialty interest in neuropathic pain and understand the challenges it poses for effective management. I took a gap year during my training to research into receptor pharmacology at Sunderland University that helps me understand the basic science behind many chronic pain conditions.
The procedures that I specialise in for pain management include cervical and lumbar facet joint injections, radiofrequency denervation of these facet joints, nerve root blocks or transforminal epidural injections, caudal epidural, stellate ganglion blocks, trigger point injections and injections into various joints such as costochondral, sacroiliac, shoulders, knees and ankles.
I attempt to have a clear understanding with the patients that in most cases, the injection interventions will only provide a temporary respite but the break in the pain cycle is an opportunity for them to develop their coping strategies, embrace lifestyle changes and work towards a physical recovery.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Amit Kumar at Spire include:
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MB BS / University of Madras / 1989
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MD / Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh / 1997
Doctorate in Medicine
FFPMRCA / Royal College of Anaesthetists, London / 2005
Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
I have lived in the North East since my arrival to this country in 1998 and have thoroughly enjoyed integrating into the local community. I love gardening with time and weather permitting. My major hobby is wood-turning and I enjoy making bowls, vases, jewellery, candle stands and decorative pens. You are welcome to view my gallery by visiting my personal website: http://washingtonwoodcrafts.co.uk/