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Dr Karen Mc Creesh

Biography

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 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 www.shouldercommunity.com, and is a founder member and Chair of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society (www.isesociety.com).

Research Interests

-shoulder pain and dysfunction
-musculoskeletal physiotherapy
-ultrasound imaging

Teaching Interests

Musculoskeletal physiotherapyCommunication Skills
Womens Health

Professional Activities

Education

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

Association

  • 1998 Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Publications

Book

2005

Conference Publication

2008

ER-WCPT 2nd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education
McCreesh K, Sainsbury D, O'Sullivan K

Other Publication

2019

Clinical effectiveness of non-surgical interventions for primary frozen shoulder: A systematic review
Minns Lowe C.;Barrett E.;McCreesh K.;De Búrca N.;Lewis J.
Journal Of Rehabilitation Medicine DOI: 10.2340/16501977-2578

2018
2016

Effect of education on non-specific neck and low back pain: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Hurley, J;O'Keeffe, M;O'Sullivan, P;Ryan, C;McCreesh, K;O'Sullivan, K
Manual therapy DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2016.02.009

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

Rotator cuff disorders: A survey of current (2018) Italian physiotherapy practice
Brindisino F.;Matteuzzi I.;Bury J.;McCreesh K.;Littlewood C.
Physiotherapy Practice and Research DOI: 10.3233/PPR-190141

2019

Altered strength profile in Achilles tendinopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis
McAuliffe S.;Tabuena A.;McCreesh K.;O’Keeffe M.;Hurley J.;Comyns T.;Purtill H.;O’Neill S.;O’Sullivan K.
Journal Of Athletic Training DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-43-18

2018

Exploring patient experiences of participating in a group exercise class for the management of nonspecific shoulder pain: A qualitative study
Barrett, E., Hayes, A., Kelleher, M., Conroy, C., Robinson, K., O’Sullivan, K. and McCreesh, K.,
Physiotherapy Theory And Practice

2018

Cryotherapy or gradual reloading exercises in acute presentations of rotator cuff tendinopathy: A randomised controlled trial
Dupuis F.;Barrett E.;Dubé M.;McCreesh K.;Lewis J.;Roy J.
Bmj Open Sport And Exercise Medicine DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2018-000477

2018

Exploring patient experiences of participating in a group exercise class for the management of nonspecific shoulder pain
Barrett, E;Hayes, A;Kelleher, M;Conroy, C;Robinson, K;O'Sullivan, K;McCreesh, K
Physiotherapy Theory And Practice DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1422208

2018

Validation of the manual inclinometer and flexicurve for the measurement of thoracic kyphosis
Barrett, E,Lenehan, B,O'sullivan, K,Lewis, J,McCreesh, K
Physiotherapy Theory And Practice DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1394411

2016

Is thoracic spine posture associated with shoulder pain, range of motion and function? A systematic review
Barrett E, O’Keeffe M, O’Sullivan K, Lewis J, McCreesh K.
Manual therapy

2016

Can ultrasound imaging predict the development of Achilles and patellar tendinopathy? A systematic review and meta-analysis
McAuliffe S.;McCreesh K.;Culloty F.;Purtill H.;O'Sullivan K.
British journal of sports medicine DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096288

2016

Can ultrasound imaging predict the development of Achilles and patellar tendinopathy? A systematic review and meta-analysis.
McAuliffe, S., McCreesh, K., Purtill, H., Culloty, F., & O'sullivan, K.
British Journal Of Sports Medicine

2016

The body composition phenotype of Irish adults aged 18–81 years
Toomey, C. and Leahy, S. and McCreesh, K. and Coote, S. and Jakeman, P.
Irish Journal of Medical Science DOI: 10.1007/s11845-015-1338-x

2015

Rotator cuff tendinopathy: Navigating the diagnosis-management conundrum
Lewis J.;Mccreesh K.;Roy J.;Ginn K.
The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2015.5941

2015

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Navigating the Diagnosis-Management Conundrum
Lewis, J,Mccreesh, K,Roy, JS,Ginn, K
Journal Of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2015.5941

2014

Validation of Ultrasound Measurement of the Subacromial Space Using a Novel Shoulder Phantom Model
McCReesh K, Adusumilli P, Evans T, Riley S, Davies A, Lewis J
Ultrasound In Medicine And Biology DOI: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2013.12.015

2014

Platelet-rich plasma for chronic tennis elbow: letters to the editor.
O'Sullivan K, McCreesh K, de Burca N, McAuliffe S, O'Keeffe M
The American journal of sports medicine

2014

Platelet-rich plasma for chronic tennis elbow: letters to the editor.
O'Sullivan K;McCreesh K;de Burca N;McAuliffe S;O'Keeffe M;

2014
2014

Platelet-rich plasma for chronic tennis elbow
O'Sullivan, K.;McCreesh, K.;De Burca, N.;McAuliffe, S.;O'Keeffe, M.;
The American journal of sports medicine DOI: 10.1177/0363546513512784

2013

Continuum model of tendon pathology - where are we now?
McCreesh, K,Lewis, J
International Journal Of Experimental Pathology DOI: 10.1111/iep.12029

2013

Continuum model of tendon pathology: Where are we now?
McCreesh K, Lewis J
International Journal Of Experimental Pathology DOI: 10.1111/iep.12029

2012

Vehicle head restraint positioning knowledge and behaviours in a sample of Irish drivers
McCreesh, K,Arthurs, S,Horgan, S,Keane, L,Meagher, L
International journal of injury control and safety promotion DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2011.628754

2012

No difference in gluteus medius activation in women with mild patellofemoral pain
O'Sullivan, K.;Herbert, E.;Sainsbury, D.;McCreesh, K.;Clifford, A.;
Journal Of Sport Rehabilitation

2012

No difference in gluteus medius activation in women with mild patellofemoral pain
O'Sullivan K.;Herbert E.;Sainsbury D.;McCreesh K.;Clifford A.
Journal Of Sport Rehabilitation DOI: 10.1123/jsr.21.2.110

2012

No Difference in Gluteus Medius Activation in Women With Mild Patellofemoral Pain
O'Sullivan, K,Herbert, E,Sainsbury, D,McCreesh, K,Clifford, A
Journal Of Sport Rehabilitation

2011

No deficit in hip isometric strength or concentric endurance in young females with mild patellofemoral pain
McMoreland, A; O'Sullivan, K; Sainsbury, D; Clifford, A; McCreesh, K
Isokinetics And Exercise Science DOI: 10.3233/IES-2011-0405

2011

Ultrasound measurement of the size of the anterior tibial muscle group: the effect of exercise and leg dominance.
McCreesh K, Egan S
Sports medicine, arthroscopy, rehabilitation, therapy & technology : SMARTT DOI: 10.1186/1758-2555-3-18

2007

Deep cervical flexor muscle recruitment in front row rugby players
Caulfield, S; McCreesh, K
Physiotherapy Ireland