Dr Anthony Ordman is a senior, full-time specialist in pain medicine. He founded the Royal Free’s Pain Management Service in 1997, which included the highly-regarded Chronic Pain Clinic with a specialist multidisciplinary team designed to help patients with pain, and the associated difficulties it can bring. He also set up the Royal Free Hospital’s Acute Pain Service to help those suffering with post-surgical and trauma pain.
Dr Ordman has many years of experience looking after patients with pain across a wide variety conditions, including spinal, musculoskeletal and nerve pain, post-surgical and trauma pain, and some cancer-related pain. He has a special interest in complex regional pain syndrome, post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), pancreatic pain, and sciatica after spinal surgery. He is also involved in pain management for rehabilitation and functional restoration after injury or serious illness, and after-CSF leak (spinal fluid leak).
Expert in the use of specialist pain medications, and in carrying out interventional pain relief techniques such as epidurals and nerve blocks, Dr Ordman also carries out coeliac plexus block for severe pancreatic pain, and Racz catheter neurolysis for persistent sciatica after spinal surgery. He firmly believes that an individualised, patient-centred approach is important for each and every person, and understands the low mood and exhaustion that long-term pain can bring about.
Dr Ordman was appointed as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians for his contribution to pain medicine, and serves as President of the Pain Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He loves music, and singing, and is delighted, therefore, to have been appointed Medical Advisor and Consultant in Pain Medicine to the Royal Society of Musicians.