James Cruickshank

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

James graduated with an MSc in Physiotherapy in 2006, having previously completed a BSc (hons) in Sports and Exercise Sciences. James is our clinical lead for our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy service, and with over 12 years experience across a wide range of physiotherapy settings, is a highly experienced member of the team.

His career started at NHS Grampian, where he quickly found his niche in the musculoskeletal out-patient setting, working in Inverurie, Woodend and Woolmanhill Clinics. Chronic pain, acupuncture and exercise prescription skills were learnt here. Upon leaving the NHS in 2012 to join SPEAR Physiotherapy, his passion for sport developed and has included supporting swimming, hockey, curling and squash at both national and international level. On the home front, James’s love for running helped create the running assessment, which is now offered here at SPEAR. This service has helped recreational and international runners /tri-athletes acheive the capacity to continue their training programme to meet their specific goals. He is passionate in providing specific and individual rehabilitation to meet client and athlete needs.

In 2014, James was the lead physiotherapist for Tuvalu at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and also helped support the Scottish Woman’s Hockey team and The Scottish Swim team in their preparation for the same games. Alongside his clinic work, James is the Scottish Institute for Sport Co-ordinator for Grampian, overseeing the health and rehabilitation for the area’s more talented athletes.

A keen runner himself, James challenged himself to “put on his clients shoes” by signing up to a marathon and getting the local running community to provide information in his build up to his Stirling Marathon, which as a free resourse is available at www.project345blog,wordpress.com

James currently works Monday-Thursday at Aberdeen Sports Village, and Friday at The Westhill Clinic

Specialist Areas
  • Sports injuries
  • Running and Swimming
  • Running Analysis
  • Exercise Prescription and loading
  • Acupuncture
  • Orthopaedics
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