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 Discipline Lead 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 is passionate about supporting and disseminating evidence based practice in the physiotherapy management of shoulder pain and is a founder member and Chair of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society (www.isers.ie)

Research Interests

-musculoskeletal disorders
-shoulder pain and dysfunction
-chronic pain
-ultrasound imaging

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2006 Coventry University - M.Sc. Manip Ther
  • 1998 University College Dublin - B.Sc. Physiotherapy

Association

  • 1998 Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Books

Practical Techniques of Physiotherapy Examination and Treatment (Vol 1-6)

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2005
Dublin
Clinics in Motion
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Book Chapters

Function and Dysfunction of Joint

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2011
Edinburgh
Churchill Livingstone
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Principles of Joint Treatment

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2011
Edinburgh
Churchill Livingstone
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Is thoracic spine posture associated with shoulder pain, range of motion and function? A systematic review

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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Altered strength profile in Achilles tendinopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2019
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The body composition phenotype of Irish adults aged 18-81 years

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2016
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Vehicle head restraint positioning knowledge and behaviours in a sample of Irish drivers

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2012
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International survey of training load monitoring practices in competitive swimming: How, what and why not?

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2022
EDINBURGH
CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
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An investigation into the prevalence of low back pain in Irish undergraduate physiotherapy students and associated risk factors for low back pain using a validated questionnaire

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2008
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Shouldering the Burden of Evidence-Based Practice: The Experiences of Physiotherapists Partaking in a Community of Practice

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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Acromiohumeral distance measurement in rotator cuff tendinopathy: is there a reliable, clinically applicable method? A systematic review.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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Are group-based and individual physiotherapy exercise programmes equally effective for musculoskeletal conditions? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2017
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No deficit in hip isometric strength or concentric endurance in young females with mild patellofemoral pain

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2011
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Reliability and validity of non-radiographic methods of thoracic kyphosis measurement: A systematic review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Ultrasound measurement of the size of the anterior tibial muscle group: the effect of exercise and leg dominance.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2011
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The relationship between training load and pain, injury and illness in competitive swimming: A systematic review.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Deep cervical flexor muscle recruitment in front row rugby players

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2007
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Managing shoulder pain: a meta-ethnography exploring healthcare providers' experiences.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Technical considerations for accurate measurement of subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness using B-mode ultrasound

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2011
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Can ultrasound imaging predict the development of Achilles and patellar tendinopathy? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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Validation of the manual inclinometer and flexicurve for the measurement of thoracic kyphosis

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2018
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Acromio-clavicular joint cyst associated with a complete rotator cuff tear - A case report

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Physical Therapy Management of Nontraumatic Shoulder Problems Lacks High-Quality Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Systematic Review With Quality Assessment Using the AGREE II Checklist.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Ultrasound Measures of Supraspinatus Tendon Thickness and Acromiohumeral Distance in Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy Are Reliable

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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Assessment of subacromial impingement syndrome in the primary care setting: development of an evidence based clinical framework.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2009
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Acromio-clavicular joint cyst associated with a complete rotator cuff tear – A case report

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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Ultrasound Measurement of Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Thickness Accurately Predicts Total and Segmental Body Fat of Young Adults

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2012
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Platelet-rich plasma for chronic tennis elbow

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Exploring patient experiences of participating in a group exercise class for the management of nonspecific shoulder pain: A qualitative study

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2018
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Reliability and validity of non-radiographic methods of thoracic kyphosis measurement: A systematic review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Rotator cuff tendinopathy: Navigating the diagnosis-management conundrum

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2015
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Can ultrasound imaging predict the development of Achilles and patellar tendinopathy? A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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Evidence-based prognosis setting in the case of a conservatively managed rotator cuff tear

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2007
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Increased supraspinatus tendon thickness following fatigue loading in rotator cuff tendinopathy: Potential implications for exercise therapy

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2017
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The body composition phenotype of Irish adults aged 18â€'81 years

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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Are group-based and individual physiotherapy exercise programmes equally effective for musculoskeletal conditions? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Helen Purtill
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2017
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Platelet-rich plasma for chronic tennis elbow: letters to the editor.

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Lower levels of physical activity are associated with pain progression in older adults, a longitudinal study.

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Neovascularity in patellar tendinopathy and the response to eccentric training: A case report using Power Doppler ultrasound

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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Continuum model of tendon pathology - where are we now?

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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Risk factors for groin/hip injuries in field-based sports: a systematic review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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A study to determine whether rowers with a history of low back pain have reduced endurance of transversus abdominis compared to rowers without such a history

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2007
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Cryotherapy or gradual reloading exercises in acute presentations of rotator cuff tendinopathy: A randomised controlled trial

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2018
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Technical considerations for accurate measurement of subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness using B-mode ultrasound

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2011
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Reliability of a measurement method for the cross-sectional area of the longus colli using real-time ultrasound imaging

Dr. Pepijn Van De Ven
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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No difference in gluteus medius activation in women with mild patellofemoral pain

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2012
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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

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2018
PHILADELPHIA
HANLEY & BELFUS-ELSEVIER INC
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How should clinicians integrate the findings of The Lancet's 2018 placebo-controlled subacromial decompression trial into clinical practice?

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2018
LONDON
BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
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Continuum model of tendon pathology: Where are we now?

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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TO IDENTIFY INTRINSIC RISK FACTORS FOR GROIN/HIP INJURIES AMONG ACADEMY LEVEL RUGBY UNION PLAYERS: A PROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Validation of Ultrasound Measurement of the Subacromial Space Using a Novel Shoulder Phantom Model

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Exploring patient experiences of participating in a group exercise class for the management of nonspecific shoulder pain

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2018
PHILADELPHIA
TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC
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Medication and healthcare utilization variation among older adults with pain.

Dr. Dervla Kelly
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2020
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No difference in gluteus medius activation in women with mild patellofemoral pain

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2012
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Platelet-rich plasma for chronic tennis elbow: letters to the editor.

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Rotator cuff disorders: A survey of current (2018) Italian physiotherapy practice

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2020
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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Navigating the Diagnosis-Management Conundrum

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2015
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Acromiohumeral distance measurement in rotator cuff tendinopathy: is there a reliable, clinically applicable method?

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2015
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Ultrasound measurement of subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness accurately predicts total and segmental body fat of young adults

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2012
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"You'd be better off to do the keyhole and make a good job of it" a qualitative study of the beliefs and treatment expectations of patients attending secondary care with degenerative meniscal tears.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Is thoracic spine posture associated with shoulder pain, range of motion and function? A systematic review

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
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No Difference in Gluteus Medius Activation in Women With Mild Patellofemoral Pain

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2012
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Understanding Shoulder Pain: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis Exploring the Patient Experience.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2020
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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) and musculoskeletal conditions: Considerations for physiotherapy practice

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2011
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Development of an Anthropomorphic Shoulder Phantom Model That Simulates Bony Anatomy for Sonographic Measurement of the Acromiohumeral Distance

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2014
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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and musculoskeletal conditions: Considerations for physiotherapy practice

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2011
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Intrarater and Interrater Reliability of the Flexicurve Index, Flexicurve Angle, and Manual Inclinometer for the Measurement of Thoracic Kyphosis

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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A telephone assessment and advice service within an ED physiotherapy clinic: a single-site quality improvement cohort study.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Other Journals

Shouldering the Burden of Evidence-Based Practice: The Experiences of Physiotherapists Partaking in a Community of Practice.

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Ms. Louise Larkin
2016
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Conference Publications

World Physio Congress 2021

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Annual Conference of the Irish Sociaty of Chartered Physiotherapists

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2007
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British Shoulder & Elbow Society

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
2005
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Health Living Healthy Lives Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Pauline Boland
Ms. Fiona McDonald
2018
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Irish Society for Chartered Physiotherapists

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2004
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European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Pauline Boland
Ms. Fiona McDonald
2018
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ER-WCPT 2nd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Karen McCreesh
2008
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WCPT 2nd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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WCPT Second European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Conference of the International Federation for Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2008
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World Physio Congress 2021

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2007
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World Congress Of Physical Therapy

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2019
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World Congress of Physical Therapy

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2007
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

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Editorials

How should clinicians integrate the findings of The Lancet's 2018 placebo-controlled subacromial decompression trial into clinical practice?

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2018
LONDON
BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

THE INFLUENCE OF ABDOMINAL FAT ON BONE MINERAL DENSITY

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2012
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Exploring the effectiveness of immersive Virtual Reality interventions in the management of musculoskeletal pain: a state-of-the-art review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
ABINGDON
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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CAN MUSCULOSKELETAL ULTRASONOGRAPHY EXAMINATION (MSUS) PREDICT OUTCOME IN SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME (SIS)? A PROSPECTIVE BLINDED STUDY

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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Altered Strength Profile in Achilles Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2019
DALLAS
NATL ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSOC INC
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INCREASED SUPRASPINATUS THICKNESS WITH REDUCED ACROMOHUMERAL DISTANCE IN PEOPLE WITH MILD AND MODERATE ROTATOR CUFF TENDINOPATHY: A RELIABILITY AND COMPARATIVE STUDY

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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Can Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography Examination (MSUS) Predict Outcome In Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (SIS)? A Prospective Blinded Study

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2013
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Physical Therapy Management of Nontraumatic Shoulder Problems Lacks High-Quality Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Systematic Review With Quality Assessment Using the AGREE II Checklist

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
ALEXANDRIA
J O S P T
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Outcome measures in randomised controlled trials of rotator cuff disorders: a fifteen year audit and systematic review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2006
University of Coventry, Coventry, UK
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Understanding Shoulder Pain: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis Exploring the Patient Experience

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
CARY
OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC
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Physical therapy management of nontraumatic shoulder problems lacks high-quality clinical practice guidelines: A systematic review with quality assessment using the agree ii checklist

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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Letter to the Editor regarding "Reliability and validity of non-radiographic methods of thoracic kyphosis measurement: A systematic review"

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
EDINBURGH
CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
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Clinical effectiveness of non-surgical interventions for primary frozen shoulder: A systematic review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2019
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Effect of education on non-specific neck and low back pain: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2016
EDINBURGH
CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
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The relationship between training load and pain, injury and illness in competitive swimming: A systematic review (vol 48, pg 154, 2021)

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
EDINBURGH
CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
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Acromiohumeral distance measurement in rotator cuff tendinopathy: is there a reliable, clinically applicable method? A systematic review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2015
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The relationship between training load and pain, injury and illness in competitive swimming: A systematic review

Dr. Karen McCreesh
2021
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