Dr James Thing




Sport and Exercise Medicine

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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).

Special interests

Hand and Wrist injury including treatment of trigger finger, tendon injury, osteoarthritis, ligament injury, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treatment of upper limb injury/pathology – including frozen shoulder, impingement, tennis elbow and osteoarthritis.

Treatment of lower limb tendon disorders – Achilles, Patellar and ankle tendons, plantar fascia.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injection, including high-volume tendon injections and shoulder hydro dilatation procedure for frozen shoulder.

Non-operative management of hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Sporting injury interest: Golf, Tennis, Rugby, Athletics.

Languages spoken

English, French

Locations Dr James Thing works with

Related experience


  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)
  • Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Royal College of General Practitioners

Other posts held

  • Barts Health NHS Trust (The Royal London Hospital)

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