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Dr Karen McCreesh

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Karen is a Physiotherapist specialising in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. Her research interests lie in the areas of shoulder dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders, ultrasound imaging, and chronic pain. In 2014, she completed her PhD in the area of mechanisms of rotator cuff tendinopathy, funded by a Research Fellowship from the Health Research Board. Karen supervises 3 PhD students in the areas of thoracic spine and shoulder pain, lower limb tendinopathy and therapeutic alliance in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She co-ordinates a Community of Practice for Physiotherapists working with people with shoulder pain, and has developed a website to support and disseminate evidence based practice in the physiotherapy management of shoulder pain.


Dupuis F., Barrett, E., Dubé, M.O., McCreesh, K.M., Lewis, J.S., Roy, J.S. (2018 - online). Cryotherapy or gradual reloading exercises in acute presentations of rotator cuff tendinopathy: a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 4 (1).

Littlewood, C., Bury, J., O’Shea, A., McReesh, K. & O’Sullivan, K. (2018). How should clinicians integrate the findings of The Lancet’s 2018 placebo-controlled subacromial decompression trial into clinical practice? British Journal of Sports Medicine. 52 (14): 883-884.

McCreesh, K.M., Purtill, H., Donnelly, A.E. & Lewis, J.S. (2017). Increased supraspinatus tendon thickness following fatigue loading in rotator cuff tendinopathy: potential implications for exercise therapy. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 3 (1).

Barrett, E., Hayes, A., Kelleher, M., Conroy, C., Robinson, K., O’Sullivan, K. & McCreesh, K. (2018). Exploring patient experiences of participating in a group exercise class for the management of nonspecific shoulder pain. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 34 (6): 464-471. DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1422208.

Barrett, E., Conroy, C., Corcoran, M., O' Sullivan, K., Purtill, H., Lewis, J. & McCreesh, K. (2018). An evaluation of two types of exercise classes, containing shoulder exercises or a combination of shoulder and thoracic exercises, for the treatment of nonspecific shoulder pain: A case series. Journal of Hand Therapy. 31 (3): 301-307.