Speakers EUSSER Symposium 2018: Karen McCreesh

Speakers EUSSER Symposium 2018: Karen McCreesh

Karen McCreesh, Phd, MSc, BSc. 
Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health, University of Limerick
Karen.mccreesh@ul.ie  Twitter: @McCreesh_Karen
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 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 of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society (www.isesociety.com).

Talk synopsis: Recent years have seen the publication of a significant number of high quality randomised controlled trials examining the effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical management of shoulder pain disorders. There is clear evidence to support non-surgical management as the most effective first-line treatment for most shoulder pain conditions. However this evidence has not been implemented in clinical practice, with wide variation in clinical pathways for patients across Europe. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) summarise and evaluate the evidence with the aim of assisting providers to make the best management decisions for patients. While CPGs for shoulder pain exist at a national level in a number of European states they are primarily discipline-specific and there has been no Europe-wide approach to tackling this shared challenge. This presentation will the current status of shoulder pain guidelines  in Europe, and introduce an initiative to develop a multi-disciplinary, pan-European clinical guideline for shoulder pain and how EUSSER members can engage to support this project.

Recent article about Increased supraspinatus tendon thickness following fatigue loading in rotator cuff tendinopathy: potential implications for exercise therapy
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Dagmar Diwok

Dagmar Diwok has 35 years of experience in the coordination of international teams and projects. She has lived in several EU countries and speaks/writes 5 languages. Currently, she is based in Germany, self employed for the organisation and support of different initiatives, groups and events.