Dr Chris Littlewood

Dr Chris Littlewood is a UK based physiotherapist. He has extensive experience of working in the UK NHS and private sector and is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials at Keele University, UK.

Chris undertook a PhD relating to the assessment and management of the rotator cuff. He has also undertaken further post-graduate clinical training as well as a Master's Degree in Health Services Research and a Postgraduate certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.

Chris has lectured and facilitated courses across the UK, Europe and Australia. He has published widely in the field of musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Chris Littlewood

Examples of recent publications include

Littlewood C, Rangan A, Beard D, Wade J, Cookson T, Foster N (2018). The enigma of rotator cuff tears and the case for uncertainty. BJSM. doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2018-099063.

Littlewood C, Bury J, O'Shea A, McCreesh K, O'Sullivan K (2018). How should clinicians integrate the findings of the Lancet's 2018 placebo-controlled subacromial decompression trial (CSAW) into clinical practice? BJSM. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017- 098900.

Lowe A, Littlewood C, McLean S (2018). Understanding Physical Activity Promotion in Physiotherapy Practice: A Qualitative Study. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2018.01.009.

Cuff A, Littlewood C (2018). Subacromial impingement syndrome - What does this mean to and for the patient? A qualitative study. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 33, 24-28.

Bury J, Littlewood C (2018). Rotator cuff disorders: a survey of current (2017) UK physiotherapy practice. Shoulder & Elbow, 10(1), 52-61.

Littlewood C, Cools A (2017). Scapular dyskinesis and shoulder pain: the devil is in the detail. BJSM. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098233.

Littlewood C, Bateman M, Brown K, Bury J, Mawson S, May S, Walters S (2016). A self-managed single exercise programme versus usual physiotherapy treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a randomized controlled trial (the SELF study). Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(7), 686-696.

Littlewood C, Malliaras P, Chance-Larsen K (2015). Therapeutic exercise for rotator cuff tendinopathy; a systematic review of contextual factors and prescription parameters. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 38(2), 95-106.

Littlewood C, Bateman M, Clark D, Selfe J, Watkinson D, Walton M, Funk L (2015). Rehabilitation following repair of the rotator cuff: a systematic review. Shoulder & Elbow, 7, 115-124.

Littlewood C & Bateman M (2015). Rehabilitation following repair of the rotator cuff: a survey of current UK practice. Shoulder & Elbow, 7, 193-204.

Littlewood C, Malliaras P, Mawson S, May S, Walters S (2014). Self-managed exercise versus usual physiotherapy treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Physiotherapy, 100, 54-60.

Littlewood C, Malliaras P, Mawson S, May S, Walters S (2014). Patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy can self-manage, but with certain caveats: a qualitative study. Physiotherapy, 100, 80-85.

Littlewood C, May S, Walters S (2013). A review of systematic reviews of the effectiveness of conservative interventions for rotator cuff disorders. Shoulder & Elbow, 5(3), 151-167.

Littlewood C, Malliaras P, Bateman M, Stace R, May S, Walters S (2013). The central nervous system - an additional consideration in 'rotator cuff tendinopathy' and a potential basis for understanding response to loaded therapeutic exercise. Manual Therapy, 18, 468-472.

Chris has also published a textbook relating to research methods used within physiotherapy:
Littlewood C & May S (2013). Understanding Physiotherapy Research. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.

In addition to this, Chris supervises MSc and PhD students and is also currently an Associate Editor for the journal Shoulder & Elbow.