Dr John Etherington CBE

Medical Director & Consultant Rheumatologist


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Specialist Interests

Rheumatology, Sero-negative Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Reactive Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rehabilitation: Complex Injury Assessment and Management, Covid-19 Rehabilitation and MSK Conditions: Bone Health & Bone Stress Injuries

Currently Works At

Medical Director and Consultant in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Medicine at Pure Sports Medicine

Work Experience

Armed Forces, as the Director of Defence Rehabilitation and Defence Consultant Advisor in Rheumatology, Rehabilitation and Sport and Exercise Medicine, NHS England as National Clinical Director for Rehabilitation and Clinical Director at the Defence Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court

Other Experience

Current President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK and Master’s degree in Sports Medicine

John’s Locations #

Moorgate EC2A

Our Moorgate clinic benefits from a prime location on Finsbury Square, ideally located on the City fringe connecting Liverpool Street and Moorgate with Shoreditch and Old Street. Offering both face-to-face and remote consultations.

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020 7788 7000

Canary Wharf E14

Our Canary Wharf clinic is located within Cabot Place in the centre of Canary Wharf, convenient to Greenwich and Blackheath. Offering both face-to-face and remote consultations.

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020 7788 7000

Virtual Clinic

Access our expert Sport, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Medicine services from anywhere in the UK.

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020 3595 1237

John’s Blog Stories #

Zack Wroot Back Pain Rheumatology

Zack’s Story

After having to almost stop running and exercising all together because of severe back pain, find out how Zack is now able to run marathons and training for major events with the help of our Rheumatology team.

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Pete’s Story

Pete, a pro triathlete who also works for the Dept. of Transport, came back from a knee injury to cycle 468km from Lands End to Hyde Park Corner. Read his success story here.

John’s Blog Posts #

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Inflammatory Back Pain – Axial Spondyloarthropathy – The challenge of early diagnosis

This form of back pain is a frequently misdiagnosed leaving people navigating life with unnecessary pain. We explain the common pitfalls and offer more information on this painful but treatable condition.


COVID-19 Rehabilitation

Even after mild cases of COVID-19, some people are describing periods of prolonged fatigue and reduced exercise tolerance after recovering from the viral infection. In these cases, expert management and rehabilitation is needed.

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Inflammatory Axial Spondyloarthropathy

Low back pain (LBP) accounts for almost 20% of the people coming in to see our Physiotherapy team. For most, LBP is self-limiting rather than disabling, though it often negatively affects many aspects of daily life.

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Calcium and Vitamin D: Implications for Social Distancing 

Although current restrictions make it more difficult to access the outdoors for our daily dose of Vitamin D, our Medical Director & Consultant Rheumatologist gives some advice on ways we can still achieve this.