Dr Vanessa Hodgkinson

Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia


Personal profile

Having been a consultant in pain management for 20 years in Nottingham, Dr Vanessa Hodgkinson has a wealth of experience dealing with the complex health needs of patients with chronic, difficult to treat pain conditions.

She is an NHS consultant at Nottingham University Hospitals and has worked in the private sector for over 15 years. She is actively involved in the management of back pain and sciatica, neuropathic pain musculoskeletal conditions, pelvic pain and headache amongst many others.

She believes in a holistic  biopsychosocial approach to management with an emphasis on diagnosis and explaining pain in a way that patients can understand which way best to be treated but also to help themselves.

Active as an interventionalist throughout her career she has expertise in many procedures both from a diagnostic and therapeutic perspective. Familiarity with spinal interventions, epidurals, nerve root treatments and the use of radiofrequency denervation on the spinal facet joints to mention a few.

She is a member of the Neuromodulation team at NUH part of which encompasses spinal cord stimulation.  She has an active interest on genito-pelvic pain and its diagnosis.

Clinical Interests

  • Spinal and nerve root pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Visceral/ Pelvic/Genital pain
  • Headache
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Botox for migraine headaches

Professional Memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine
  • Medical Defence Union
  • St Georges Hospital Alumni
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Nottingham University Hospitals

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