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Areas of Expertise

Dr James Thing treats a range of conditions, including:

  • Hand and Wrist injury including
    • Treatment of trigger finger
    • Tendon injury
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Ligament injury
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Treatment of upper limb injury/pathology – including
    • frozen shoulder
    • impingement
    • tennis elbow
    • osteoarthritis.
  • Treatment of lower limb tendon disorders –
    • Achilles, Patellar
    • Ankle tendons,
    • Plantar fascia.
  • Knee collateral ligament injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injection
  • Degenerative meniscal tears
  • Tibialis posterior tendinopathy
  • Peroneal tendinopathy
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder impingement (rotator cuff related pain)
  • Acromioclavicular joint injury (ACJ)
  • Rugby and athletics medicine
  • Anterior cruciate

Some of the treatments he provides include some of the following:

  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided injection, including high volume tendon injections and shoulder hydrodilatation procedure for frozen shoulder.
  • Non-operative management of hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Personal biography

Dr Thing qualified as a General Practitioner in 2010, before undertaking 4 years of specialist registrar training to become a Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant in 2014.

He trained at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre – Headley Court, the Institute of Sport Exercise & Health (ISEH) and Barts Health. James also worked as a Sport and Exercise Medicine doctor at the London Olympics in 2012.

Dr Thing is the British Athletics Event Lead Doctor, coordinating medical care for the Anniversary Games and Diamond League events.  He also works for Harlequins Rugby as their pitch side doctor and as a player tournament doctor for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

Dr Thing also undertakes a weekly NHS musculoskeletal ultrasound/radiology list at the Royal London Hospital (Barts Health).


Dr Thing’s articles have been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and he has also contributed to the development of national guidelines for Exertional Heat Stroke. He is also an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BJSM).

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