British School of Osteopathy Interview
Interview with Dr Petrides by the British Osteopathic Association
In the Spotlight with Dr Simon Petrides MB BS DO DM-S Med Dip Sports Med FFSEM (UK&I)
Dr Simon Petrides has the unusual title of musculoskeletal, Osteopathic and sports physician which reflects the unique and ground-breaking nature of the medical career he has carved out for himself.
After studying medicine at Guys hospital in London in the early eighties, he worked for one year as a pre-registration house officer before taking the unusual decision to step off the medical career ladder in order to study Osteopathy on the shortened doctor’s course at The BSO in London.
On completion of the course in 1988 he bought a small Osteopathic clinic in Milton Keynes which he has developed into a rare and innovative model of an integrated, multi-disciplinary musculoskeletal centre and sports clinic.
The clinic now has 20 treatment rooms, a membership gymnasium, Pilate’s studio, two injection fluoroscopy theatres and has expanded to include 4 other clinics located in Bicester, Croydon, Guildford and Brighton.
Practitioners range from specialist medical doctors to osteopaths, physios and an ayurvedic practitioner and the clinic runs programs such as an ‘adolescent obesity’ program and an ‘exercise on prescription’ program from NHS GPs.
Simon’s own speciality is based on his interest in the spine with assessment by video fluoroscopy and treatment of lumbar and sacroiliac instability by prolotherapy injections and he is regularly referred premiership footballers and international and Olympic rowers from GB Rowing.
He has a diploma in Sports Medicine and a diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and a few years ago was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. This year he was appointed medical officer at the London Olympic Games.
He is Vice-patron of The British School of Osteopathy and Vice-president of The British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (BIMM) – an organisation of doctors with an interest in examination treatment of the musculoskeletal system using non-surgical methods, primarily manual therapy and injection treatments. He is currently working with the BIMM and the GMC to design a robust ‘Credentialing’ system for doctors wishing to work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine.