About us

The Bristol Knee and Sports Injury Clinic provides expert help to anyone who is suffering from joint problems, sports injuries or pain. We treat the full range of orthopaedic problems and offer comprehensive diagnostic, surgical, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services. If you are suffering from a joint problem or sports injury you can book a consultation and receive treatment from us directly as a self-paying patient, private insured patient or you may be referred by your general practitioner or insurance company.

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David trained in orthopaedic surgery at the Universities of Manchester, Bristol and Oxford, followed by a year’s travelling scholarship to Australia. He returned to lecture at the University of Bristol before working in private practice, and found himself becoming particularly interested in knee surgery, joint replacement and joint arthroplasty. He has written many articles on Orthopaedic Research in national and international journals over many years. Many of these were in the area of prosthetic joint infection, antibiotic prophylaxis and rehabilitation. Following a period as lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics at the University of Bristol, David obtained the Certificate of Higher Surgical Training and the FRCS(ORTH). A research scholarship sponsored by Glaxo resulted in David’s thesis entitled “Infection and Wound Healing Following Total Knee Arthroplasty” for which he was awarded an MD thesis from the University of Manchester in 1990.

ADSC_6208xDavid was the first British trainee to be awarded the travelling scholarship by the European Society of Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and as a result became an Honorary Member of the latter. He has published around 100 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and continues to review for various international journals and grant awarding bodies. He has received 11 grants for research projects, with further studies published on Synovial Plica of the knee and anterior knee pain. In 1994 he developed an innovative surgical procedure for the treatment of patellar tendonitis. This technique has now been used successfully around the world.


It is very rewarding seeing satisfied patients at the end of their treatment.

David has widely published on the surgical techniques to improve the results and reduce the complications following knee replacement surgery, and has designed and published new techniques in arthroscopic knee surgery. In particular he designed an arthroscopic procedure for the treatment of Patellar tendonitis (Jumper’s knee) in 1984: a procedure which has been taken up around the world as the most successful procedures for the treatment of this troublesome condition.

His reputation and journal publications have resulted in national and international recognition for his research and expertise. He was invited to be the first British trained travelling fellow on the European Society of Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine – American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine travelling fellowship exchange. Uniquely this fellowship resulted in being awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the American Society for Sports Medicine. He has also been recognised as a designated “Specialist trainer” by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Various subsequent invitations, lectures and presentations have followed. This included an invitation from Professor R. Williams of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to co-edit a commissioned text book by the Oxford University Press on the Controversies in Surgery of the Knee, published in July 2004. He is one of only two Europeans to be appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Orthopaedic Sports Injuries. He has been an elected professional representative to the national council and Practice Committee of the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association, and sits on the Committee of the British Medical Association, representing colleagues locally and nationally through this position. He has on many occasions been asked to undertake teaching or lecturing activities nationally and internationally.

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