Prof. Karen McCreesh is a Physiotherapist with research interests in the area of musculoskeletal disorders and pain, and specific expertise in shoulder pain and tendon disorders . As a qualified sonographer she also undertakes research in the area of  musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.  Karen supervises 5 PhD students in the themes of shoulder pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She is the Chair of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society, and on the Education Committee of the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation. She is committed to knowledge transfer to clinicians and the public, and has developed a website to support and disseminate evidence based practice in the physiotherapy management of shoulder pain. She is a collaborator in the Ageing Research Centre at the HRI.

Current projects include: Using stakeholder perspectives to design knowledge transfer activities in shoulder pain; Examining therapeutic alliance in musculoskeletal physiotherapy; Effects of training load on shoulder injury in swimmers; Effectiveness of group versus individual physiotherapy for rotator cuff disorders; Examining the role of exercise for people with massive rotator cuff tears.


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.