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Dr. Karen Mc Creesh


Dr Karen McCreesh is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapy educator and clinician. Her research interests lie in the areas of shoulder dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders, and ultrasound imaging. She completed her PhD in the area of mechanisms of rotator cuff tendinopathy, funded by a Research Fellowship from the Health Research Board of Ireland. She is Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. She is a member of the Ageing Research Centre and the Health Research Institute. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, and provides CPD workshops for qualified physiotherapists. Karen co-ordinates a website to support and disseminate evidence based practice in the physiotherapy management of shoulder pain at, and is a founder member and Chair of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society (

Research Interests

-shoulder pain and dysfunction
-musculoskeletal physiotherapy
-ultrasound imaging

Teaching Interests

Musculoskeletal physiotherapyCommunication Skills
Womens Health

Professional Activities


  • 2014 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 2006 Coventry University - M.Sc. Manip Ther
  • 1998 University College Dublin - B.Sc. Physiotherapy


  • 1998 Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists