Dr Michael Burdon, Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist

Dr Michael Burdon MBBS MSc MRCGP PGD(US) FFSEM(UK)

Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist

MBBS MSc MRCGP PGD(US) FFSEM(UK)
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Areas of expertise

  • Sport and exercise medicine
  • Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Sports trauma and injury
  • Musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection intervention
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Recommendations for Dr Burdon

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Recommended by:

  • byDr Catherine Read, GP

    Dr Michael Burdon is an outstanding sports medicine specialist, very knowledgeable in his field, in terms of investigation, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injury. He works with his patients to formulate a clear conservative management plans when this is appropriate and will provide guidance where onward referral for surgical intervention may be indicated. He communicates extremely well with patients and always leaves them feeling reassured.

  • byDr Kathrine Mary O'Brien, GP

    I trust him to make a diagnosis. When you are in pain from a sports injury & you are not sure what you have done or how to manage it, Dr Burdon can make a diagnosis both by accurate examination & from doing his own ultra sound scanning, and set you on a path towards recovery. I am a Physician and a sports woman. He has helped me, family members and team mates.

  • byDr Fiona Catherine Mary McAndrew, GP

    Dr Mike Burdon is a very thorough, highly skilled sports physician who is also extremely caring with an excellent bedside manner. The feedback from my patients has been great.

  • byDr John Hugh Bernard Coyne, GP

    Mike is a fantastic clinician with a broad knowledge base. However, Mike is also a caring and compassionate doctor who takes a considered approach to his patients.

  • byDr Joanna Mary Hayes, GP

    Dr Michael Burdon is knowlegable and caring. He works with a good supportive team I would have no hestitation in recommending him.

  • byDr Brian Irial Patrick MacGreevy, GP

    Dr Michael Burdon is an expert opinion on musculoskeletal issues and has been of great help to many of my patients.

  • byDr Guy Barrington Staight, GP Trainee

    He provides an excellent service for patients in a very prompt manner & is an excellent communicator.

  • byDr Russell Vincent Glendower Ward, GP

    Very competent doctor, always get great feedback from patients I have referred for further care.

  • byMr Luke Jones, Knee Surgeon

    I am delighted to recommend Dr Mike Burdon having worked with him for the last two years. Dr Burdon runs a patient focussed practice that is holistic and always up to date. I value his opinion very highly and enjoy working alongside him enormously. I cannot recommend his services enough!

  • byMr Nick Ferran, Shoulder Surgeon

    Dr Mike Burdon has got great knowledge and experience. We collaborate well together. He has a good manner with patients.

  • byMr Adil Ajuied, Knee Surgeon

    Highly experienced elite sports physician. Very skilled ultrasound interventionalist. Highly recommended.

  • byMr Mark Gallagher, Podiatrist

    I have worked with Mike for over 5 years & his range of expertise across adult & paediatric conditions is exceptional. Mike has the ability to break complex cases down & map out the key objectives for effective patient care. He is a strong advocate of multidisciplinary care pathways & actively contributes to the team in regard to post graduate teaching & academic discussion which further cements his role within his Sports Medicine speciality & the team here at Pure.

  • byMr Andy Page, Strength and Conditioning Coach

    I have with Dr Michael Burdon for a number of years. His manner with patients is excellent, and he is always very diligent in getting to the bottom of any difficult case or treatment. I know that if I refer my patients to Mike, they are in good hands.

  • byMs Alice Corbett, Podiatrist

    Dr Burdon is a highly experienced, knowledgeable and approachable Sports Doctor. He is hard working, friendly and popular amongst patients. I am always happy to receive referrals from him as he is very thorough.

  • byMr Richard Skudder, Osteopath

    Dr Michael Burdon. He's very thorough. He's very good at connecting specialisms and putting problems together from different areas.

  • byMr Vinay Parmar, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is highly experienced and very knowledgeable in his field.

  • byMr Michael Harrop, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon has excellent diagnostic skills.

  • by Mr Alexander Montgomery, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Michael Burdon is an excellent sports and exercise doctor who has an excellent rapport with his patients. He has the skill and experience to know when patients need intensive rehab, a gentler approach, or when they might need surgical intervention. It is those attributes that define a great doctor.

  • by Mr Deepu Sethi, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Michael Burdon is a very knowledgeable sports medicine physician. Feedback from patients is always excellent, he has a great manner with patients and colleagues. I can highly recommend anyone with musculoskeletal problems to see Dr Burdon.

  • by Mr Charles Riviere, Hip & Knee Surgeon

    Mike is a highly knowledgeable sports medicine physician, with a comprehensive diagnostic and interventional practice. He is very approachable, easy to collaborate with and patients are always full of praise for him.

  • by Mr Andy Roche, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mike is a very thoughtful and thorough clinician with a unparalleled breadth of orthopaedic knowledge but particularly helpful for the sports injuries that I encounter on a frequent basis around the ankle.

  • by Mr Simon Owen-Johnstone, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    I've been working with him for about five years. Very concerned for his patients, seeks further advice from a variety of other disciplines frequently. Sport-specific knowledge. And he's a top bloke!

  • by Dr Nora Ng, Rheumatologist

    Mike is a great clinician with a wide knowledge base. He works his patients up meticulously to get to the bottom of their symptoms and always has excellent patient feedback.

  • by Dr Simon Moore, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecologist

    He is an outstanding sports physician who provides a very caring, thoughtful and expert opinion. He is highly regarded by patients and colleagues alike.

  • by Mr Rhys Chong, Director and Physiotherapist

    I highly recommend Dr Burdon for his excellent professional skillset and readiness to assist in the care of my clients. What is more he is very personable and is updating me whenever there is important information to share. I would not be as effective as a Physiotherapist without the help of Dr Burdon.

  • by Ms Clare Silvester, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon has got many years of experience. He has previously worked as a GP and specialises in sports medicine. He's got a huge breadth of experience and he's able to offer treatments like shock wave, injection therapy and diagnostic ultrasound imaging. I work very closely with him.

  • by Mr Jon Castle, Director and Principal Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is an extremely thorough and knowledgable Sports Physician, with a strong on multi-professional treatment. He provides swift diagnoses, and effective treatment options to all of our shared patients, which has facilitated optimal outcomes and a successful return to sport.

  • by Ms Clare Henson-Bowen, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is an excellent clinician, has a fantastic rapport with patients and most importantly for us he communicates extremely well with the multidisciplinary team (i.e. physiotherapists) which I believe is crucial to provide exceptional patient care.

  • by Ms Anita Holmes, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is a highly knowledgeable and professional sports physician. The feedback I have had from clients, we have worked with has been excellent. He is a great clinician to see to help you understand your injury and return to your goals.

  • by Mr Anthony Adesanmi, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is a reliable and sensible health professional with a reasonable approach and down to earth manner. He is one of my first points of call for any Sports Medicine queries across the London area. I can't recommend him highly enough.

  • by Miss Megan Oster, Oncology Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is thorough with patients, taking the time to understand the full clinical picture. He is up to date with the latest research and has clear, concise communication within the managing team.

  • by Mr Luke Kellaway, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is on the money with regards to his diagnosis and treatment options. He is considerate of the patients goals and my patients always comment on his brilliant communication.

  • by Ms Joanne Coates, Spinal and Sports Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon because is an experienced and approachable sports medicine consultant, who I feel confident will provide an excellent service to my patients.

  • by Mr Ed Clarke, Physiotherapist

    Mr Michael Burdon is an excellent sports doctor who is able to use ultrasound scans in the sessions to aid diagnosis and the best management plan.

  • byDr Catherine Read, GP

    Dr Michael Burdon is an outstanding sports medicine specialist, very knowledgeable in his field, in terms of investigation, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injury. He works with his patients to formulate a clear conservative management plans when this is appropriate and will provide guidance where onward referral for surgical intervention may be indicated. He communicates extremely well with patients and always leaves them feeling reassured.

  • byDr Kathrine Mary O'Brien, GP

    I trust him to make a diagnosis. When you are in pain from a sports injury & you are not sure what you have done or how to manage it, Dr Burdon can make a diagnosis both by accurate examination & from doing his own ultra sound scanning, and set you on a path towards recovery. I am a Physician and a sports woman. He has helped me, family members and team mates.

  • byDr Fiona Catherine Mary McAndrew, GP

    Dr Mike Burdon is a very thorough, highly skilled sports physician who is also extremely caring with an excellent bedside manner. The feedback from my patients has been great.

  • byDr John Hugh Bernard Coyne, GP

    Mike is a fantastic clinician with a broad knowledge base. However, Mike is also a caring and compassionate doctor who takes a considered approach to his patients.

  • byDr Joanna Mary Hayes, GP

    Dr Michael Burdon is knowlegable and caring. He works with a good supportive team I would have no hestitation in recommending him.

  • byDr Brian Irial Patrick MacGreevy, GP

    Dr Michael Burdon is an expert opinion on musculoskeletal issues and has been of great help to many of my patients.

  • byDr Guy Barrington Staight, GP Trainee

    He provides an excellent service for patients in a very prompt manner & is an excellent communicator.

  • byDr Russell Vincent Glendower Ward, GP

    Very competent doctor, always get great feedback from patients I have referred for further care.

  • byMr Luke Jones, Knee Surgeon

    I am delighted to recommend Dr Mike Burdon having worked with him for the last two years. Dr Burdon runs a patient focussed practice that is holistic and always up to date. I value his opinion very highly and enjoy working alongside him enormously. I cannot recommend his services enough!

  • byMr Nick Ferran, Shoulder Surgeon

    Dr Mike Burdon has got great knowledge and experience. We collaborate well together. He has a good manner with patients.

  • byMr Adil Ajuied, Knee Surgeon

    Highly experienced elite sports physician. Very skilled ultrasound interventionalist. Highly recommended.

  • by Mr Alexander Montgomery, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Michael Burdon is an excellent sports and exercise doctor who has an excellent rapport with his patients. He has the skill and experience to know when patients need intensive rehab, a gentler approach, or when they might need surgical intervention. It is those attributes that define a great doctor.

  • by Mr Deepu Sethi, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Michael Burdon is a very knowledgeable sports medicine physician. Feedback from patients is always excellent, he has a great manner with patients and colleagues. I can highly recommend anyone with musculoskeletal problems to see Dr Burdon.

  • by Mr Charles Riviere, Hip & Knee Surgeon

    Mike is a highly knowledgeable sports medicine physician, with a comprehensive diagnostic and interventional practice. He is very approachable, easy to collaborate with and patients are always full of praise for him.

  • by Mr Andy Roche, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mike is a very thoughtful and thorough clinician with a unparalleled breadth of orthopaedic knowledge but particularly helpful for the sports injuries that I encounter on a frequent basis around the ankle.

  • by Mr Simon Owen-Johnstone, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    I've been working with him for about five years. Very concerned for his patients, seeks further advice from a variety of other disciplines frequently. Sport-specific knowledge. And he's a top bloke!

  • by Dr Nora Ng, Rheumatologist

    Mike is a great clinician with a wide knowledge base. He works his patients up meticulously to get to the bottom of their symptoms and always has excellent patient feedback.

  • by Dr Simon Moore, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecologist

    He is an outstanding sports physician who provides a very caring, thoughtful and expert opinion. He is highly regarded by patients and colleagues alike.

  • byMr Mark Gallagher, Podiatrist

    I have worked with Mike for over 5 years & his range of expertise across adult & paediatric conditions is exceptional. Mike has the ability to break complex cases down & map out the key objectives for effective patient care. He is a strong advocate of multidisciplinary care pathways & actively contributes to the team in regard to post graduate teaching & academic discussion which further cements his role within his Sports Medicine speciality & the team here at Pure.

  • byMr Andy Page, Strength and Conditioning Coach

    I have with Dr Michael Burdon for a number of years. His manner with patients is excellent, and he is always very diligent in getting to the bottom of any difficult case or treatment. I know that if I refer my patients to Mike, they are in good hands.

  • byMs Alice Corbett, Podiatrist

    Dr Burdon is a highly experienced, knowledgeable and approachable Sports Doctor. He is hard working, friendly and popular amongst patients. I am always happy to receive referrals from him as he is very thorough.

  • byMr Richard Skudder, Osteopath

    Dr Michael Burdon. He's very thorough. He's very good at connecting specialisms and putting problems together from different areas.

  • byMr Vinay Parmar, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is highly experienced and very knowledgeable in his field.

  • byMr Michael Harrop, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon has excellent diagnostic skills.

  • by Mr Rhys Chong, Director and Physiotherapist

    I highly recommend Dr Burdon for his excellent professional skillset and readiness to assist in the care of my clients. What is more he is very personable and is updating me whenever there is important information to share. I would not be as effective as a Physiotherapist without the help of Dr Burdon.

  • by Ms Clare Silvester, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon has got many years of experience. He has previously worked as a GP and specialises in sports medicine. He's got a huge breadth of experience and he's able to offer treatments like shock wave, injection therapy and diagnostic ultrasound imaging. I work very closely with him.

  • by Mr Jon Castle, Director and Principal Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is an extremely thorough and knowledgable Sports Physician, with a strong on multi-professional treatment. He provides swift diagnoses, and effective treatment options to all of our shared patients, which has facilitated optimal outcomes and a successful return to sport.

  • by Ms Clare Henson-Bowen, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is an excellent clinician, has a fantastic rapport with patients and most importantly for us he communicates extremely well with the multidisciplinary team (i.e. physiotherapists) which I believe is crucial to provide exceptional patient care.

  • by Ms Anita Holmes, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is a highly knowledgeable and professional sports physician. The feedback I have had from clients, we have worked with has been excellent. He is a great clinician to see to help you understand your injury and return to your goals.

  • by Mr Anthony Adesanmi, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is a reliable and sensible health professional with a reasonable approach and down to earth manner. He is one of my first points of call for any Sports Medicine queries across the London area. I can't recommend him highly enough.

  • by Miss Megan Oster, Oncology Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is thorough with patients, taking the time to understand the full clinical picture. He is up to date with the latest research and has clear, concise communication within the managing team.

  • by Mr Luke Kellaway, Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon is on the money with regards to his diagnosis and treatment options. He is considerate of the patients goals and my patients always comment on his brilliant communication.

  • by Ms Joanne Coates, Spinal and Sports Physiotherapist

    Dr Michael Burdon because is an experienced and approachable sports medicine consultant, who I feel confident will provide an excellent service to my patients.

  • by Mr Ed Clarke, Physiotherapist

    Mr Michael Burdon is an excellent sports doctor who is able to use ultrasound scans in the sessions to aid diagnosis and the best management plan.

  • Address

  • Telephone or video consultation

    Available for patients, please call to arrange, GB, WC2A 1EN

  • Pure Sports Medicine, Chancery Lane WC2A

    36 Chancery Lane, London, GB, WC2A 1EN

  • Pure Sports Medicine, Kensington SW7

    Point West Building, 116 Cromwell Road, London , GB, SW7 4XR

  • About Dr Michael Burdon

    GMC number: 4101730

    Year qualified: 1994

    Place of primary qualification: University of London

    Dr Burdon is Head of Sports Medicine and a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at Pure Sports Medicine, Chancery Lane and Kensington in London. His clinical interests include shoulder, osteoarthritis, ultrasound scanning, injection therapy, upper limb, musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, groin, hip and knee and exercise medicine. His sporting interests include football, running, swimming, triathlon, marathons, cricket and hockey.

    Dr Burdon was a GP for 16 years and event doctor for London 2012 Olympics (covering aquatic sports). He also works at Chelsea Outpatients Centre, Plymouth, Clinical Fellow & Examiner, University of Bath Sports Medicine MSc, Team Physician to England Football Association & GB Hockey and Faculty Tutor, Centre of Ultrasound Studies, Bournemouth. His work experience includes being MoD at South West Rehabilitation Unit, Peninsula Sports Medicine, British Swimming & British Diving and Plymouth Argyle FC & Plymouth Albion RFC.

    Areas of expertise

    • Adolescent sports injury
    • Back pain including sciatica and chronic back pain
    • Compartment pressure testing
    • Exercise-related health issues including asthma
    • Exertional lower leg pain
    • Exercise induced leg pain
    • Elbow and wrist pain
    • Female health
    • Groin
    • Hip and groin pain
    • Knee pain
    • Msk injury
    • Medicines prescriptions and management
    • Marathon medicine
    • Musculoskeletal medicine
    • Musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound
    • Musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection intervention
    • Orthopaedic medicine
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoarthritis including knee and hip
    • Prescribing medicines
    • Running injuries
    • Shoulder pain and injury
    • Swimming, aquatics, diving injury
    • Steroid and viscosupplementation injections
    • Shockwave therapy
    • Sport and exercise medicine
    • Sports trauma and injury
    • Stress fractures and bone injury
    • Ski injury
    • Shoulder
    • Tendinopathy/tendon
    • Tendon, muscle and ligament injury
    • Ultrasound scanning
    • Upper limb

    Frequently asked questions

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    The three prominent things would be knee pain, shoulder pain and back pain. If I talk about knee pain, some people present with acute knee trauma, but more often than not, it's a chronic, insidious onset knee pain, which can get worse with activity, sometimes swelling, locking of the knees, giving way of the knees as well. Majority of them would be not elite sports people, but active people who have developed knee pain through increased running or other activities.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    If we continue with knee pain and we take anterior knee pain, for example, if I thought that a diagnostic ultrasound scan was the right investigation, I would do that on the same day and in the same appointment. Perhaps someone's got a patellar tendinitis or a quadriceps tendon issue or something along those lines, we will do the scan in clinic. Sometimes, a few of them might need to go and have an MRI as well, which we would arrange a different unit. Sometimes, they don't need diagnostic ultrasound and they'll go straight to an x-ray or an MRI scan. It just depends on the presentation.

    That would go for shoulder pain as well. The idea is, where appropriate, I can provide a one-stop shop, so they can have everything done in the same place.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    I'm interested in normal musculoskeletal issues, but I'm particularly interested in diagnostic ultrasound scanning with guided injections and treatments which I do in the clinic. In terms of body region, knee pain and shoulder pain have become my main areas of interest, particularly knee pain, including osteoarthritis of the knee joint and how we manage that non-surgically when it's appropriate and, obviously, referral on to surgical colleagues when it's required.

  • Professional memberships

    General Medical Council
    Royal College of General Practitioners
    Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine UK

    Articles by Dr Michael Burdon

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    Other specialists recommended by Dr Burdon

  • Mr Nick Ferran, Shoulder Surgeon

    He provides an excellent service to patients which include expertise in shoulder surgery- including when patients may remain awake for their operation. This allows quicker recovery from surgery and minimise risks for the patient using this approach. Mr Ferran is very much a patient advocate and a surgeon I would trust fully with my own care if needed.

  • Mr Simon Chambers, Physiotherapist

    Simon is an excellent physiotherapist with a huge amount of experience. I work closely with him in clinic and although he can see all types of injury he especially excels on rehabilitation of lower limb injuries. As a runner myself I will send him many runners with leg pain and I see the results that Simon achieves. Highly recommended and much valued.

  • Ms Alice Corbett, Podiatrist

    Alice is a superb podiatrist. I highly recommend her for all things podiatry. For my patients, this includes not just her expertise in foot problems, but related biomechanical issues that contribute to other lower limb injuries. She is a fine runner too, although – sadly – quicker than me in a recent half marathon.

  • Mr Michael Harrop, Physiotherapist

    Mike Harrop is a very skilled physiotherapist- he holds great knowledge and as a runner himself is perfectly placed to help patients with sports injury. He has a very patient-centred approach which shows in his work and the results that he achieves.

  • Mr Richard Skudder, Osteopath

    Richard is an excellent clinician and osteopath. He approaches problems in a specialist way - I value his expertise especially in spinal issues affecting the neck and lumbar spine. A holistic approach which is valued by colleagues and his patients.

  • Mr Vinay Parmar, Physiotherapist

    Vinay is an excellent and caring physiotherapist who works closely with his patients to achieve optimal results. He is very popular and knowledgeable across many areas of MSK and sports injury. Highly recommended.

  • Mr Adil Ajuied, Knee Surgeon

    Mr Adil Ajuied is a very knowledgeable surgeon. Very balanced surgeon. He's very collaborative as well.

  • Mr Rahul Patel, Knee Surgeon

    Mr Rahul Patel is a very collaborative surgeon, very communicative, skilled and knowledgeable.

  • Mr Ed Clarke, Physiotherapist

    Ed is a fantastic physiotherapist- I work closely with him. He is very knowledgeable and very patient-focussed. His skills are much valued as I see my patients improving under his physiotherapy expertise. Ed is highly recommended for all but especially knee pain as his speciality.

  • Ms Clare Silvester, Physiotherapist

    Clare is a very skilled and knowledgeable physiotherapist that I work with in Kensington at Pure Sports Medicine. She has a great rapport with patients and is very enthusiastic in helping patients to achieve their goals. I have no hesitation in recommending Clare to my patients.

  • Mr Andy Roche, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Andy is a superb Orthopaedic surgeon specialising in foot/ ankle issues: I have great confidence in referring my patients to him for both surgical management and also to gain as a second opinion when needed. Very much recommended and highly valued.

  • Mr Charles Riviere, Hip & Knee Surgeon

    Charles is a superb surgeon who approaches hip replacement surgery individually in each patient - carefully adapting to the patient's own unique biomechanical factors. He has an excellent manner and his highly recommended.

  • Dr Nora Ng, Rheumatologist

    Nora is a superb clinician with a very wide base of knowledge. I see many rheumatology issues as a sports physician and I rely on Nora'a expertise in helping in managing such patients. Very much recommended.

  • Mr Simon Owen-Johnstone, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    I have a very good working relationship with Mr Simon Owen-Johnstone. He's very knowledgeable, very communicative and very good reports from patients about his care as well.

  • Mr Samuel Rajaratnam, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    I have a good working relationship with Mr Samuel Rajaratnam. He's very knowledgeable and I would recommend him.