Consultant in Interventional Spinal Medicine
Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Stephen Humble specialises in pain management and anaesthetics. He is also Medical Director of The London Interventional Clinic where his sub-specialities include spinal interventional techniques, regional anaesthesia, neuropathic pain management, musculoskeletal and joint pain, neck pain, X-ray and ultrasound guided injections, steroid joint injections, Qutenza patch therapy, and cancer pain. In addition, he is an expert in anti-wrinkle injections and skin/cosmetic rejuvenation techniques such as Dermal Filler and Botox injections. Passionate, understanding, and experienced, wherever possible he aims to minimise surgical intervention and his patient-centred approach has led to an outstanding success rate over the years, particularly with patients who have been suffering with long-term pain.
Having gained his medical degree in 2000 from the University of Aberdeen, Dr Humble’s postgraduate training in anaesthesia and pain medicine was undertaken in Scotland and Australia. He achieved his Master’s (MSc) in Pain Management in 2010 at the University of Edinburgh and in 2012, attended the University of Dundee adding a PhD in Neuroscience to his already impressive roster of qualifications. He also holds the Level 7 qualification in Aesthetic Medicine from London’s renowned Harley Academy.
Specialising in interventional spinal medicine means Dr Humble is vastly experienced in administering epidurals and other types of spinal injections as well as caring for patients in a holistic way, treating them with medications, exercise and other ‘whole person’ techniques. Because he keeps invasive surgical procedures to a minimum, risk and hospital stays are both reduced. He is also one of the few UK specialists currently treating patients suffering from painful peripheral neuropathy with radiofrequency therapy, RACZ, and capsaicin 179mg patch therapy.
Much published in professional journals, Dr Humble was also featured BBC One’s Health: Truth or Scare programme and is frequently called upon to speak at high-level medical conferences. He is also a Fellow of the London Pain Forum.
Dr Humble’s passion and total focus is to help his patients back to pain-free existences. On a daily basis, he sees patients who have seen other specialists such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, and chiropractors without success, who he has been able to help back to health. Treating a variety of conditions, both short- and long-term, such as slipped discs, sciatica, and severe neck pain, among others. Nothing gives him more satisfaction than making a positive impact on his patients’ lives as they overcome their pain and return to a good quality of life.
Consultant in Interventional Spinal Medicine
- Spine Intervention Society
- Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
- Associate Fellow Royal College of Anaesthetists
- Associate Fellow Faculty of Pain Medicine RCoA
- International Association for the Study of Pain
- British Pain Society
- European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy
- British Medical Association
- Association of Anaesthetists of GB & Ireland
- Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
- London Pain Forum
- Scottish Society of Anaesthetists
Humble SR, Varela N, Jayaweera A, Bhaskar A. Chronic postsurgical pain and cancer: the catch of surviving the unsurvivable. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2018 Jun;12(2):118-123
Humble SR Mitochondrial dysfunction in diabetic neuropathy may be involved in the development of neuropathic pain via a reduction in neurosteroid synthesis. F1000 Research 2017 In Press
Kailainathan P, Humble S, Dawson H, Cameron, F, Gokani S, Lidder G. A National Survey of Pain Clinics within the United Kingdom and Ireland focusing on the multidisciplinary team and the incorporation of the extended nursing role British Journal of Pain 2017 In Press
Humble SR The global year against pain after surgery Expert Witness Institute Magazine Mar 2017
Humble S, Smith D, Bhaskar A. Apps, bots and Wearables: the future is here at present. Pain News Dec 2016 Vol 14(4) 173-176
Humble SR Neurosteroids are reduced in diabetic neuropathy and may be associated with the development of neuropathic pain F1000Res. 2016 Aug 5;5:1923.
Humble SR Could hot chilli pepper consumption reduce the prevalence of chronic pain? Rapid Response to Lv et al., Consumption of spicy foods and total and cause specific mortality: population based cohort study. BMJ 2015;351:h3942
Humble SR, Dalton A, Li L A systematic review of therapeutic interventions to reduce acute and chronic post-surgical pain after amputation, thoracotomy or mastectomy. Eur J Pain. 2015 Apr; 19(4):451-65. doi: 10.1002/ejp.567
Srivastava D, Humble S How do we follow up patients after interventions for chronic pain? A survey of Consultant Pain Physicians Pain News Sept 2013, 11(3):182-184
Humble SR Death, taxes and back pain Rapid Response to Freynhagen et al., Opioids for chronic non-cancer pain BMJ, May 2013; 346: doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2937
Humble SR Neurosteroids; endogenous analgesics? PhD Thesis, submitted and accepted, University of Dundee, 2013
Raghavan S, Harvey AD, Humble SR. New opioid side effects and implications for long-term therapy Trends in Anaesthesia & Critical Care 2011, 1(1): 18-21 (EMBASE, Science Direct)
Humble SR, Cole S, Antoniewicz P and Colvin JR. Communication with the relatives of critically ill patients. British Journal of Intensive Care. 2009; 19(1): 13-17 (EMBASE)
Humble S. Letter of the month. Teaching communication skills: should we give up? BMJ Career Focus, Jul 2007; 335: 2
Humble S. ‘Heart of Darkness.’ Rapid response to: Sobande AD et al. A hard Day’s night. BMJ Career Focus 2006; 332: 118-119
Humble S. Epidural ‘Failure’ during final stages of Labour. IJOA Vol 15, Issue 1, January 2006, Page 88