Chris Littlewood BHSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Dip. MDT, FHEA
Senior Research Fellow
The University of Sheffield
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I am a physiotherapist and Senior Research Fellow with extensive experience in relation to musculoskeletal disorders. I have developed a special interest in the ‘rotator cuff’ borne out of clinical observation in tandem with the assumed complexity and mystique that surrounds these disorders.
In addition to further clinical training, I previously completed an MSc in Health Services Research & Technology. In 2011 I was awarded a UK Department of Heath Fellowship to undertake a PhD relating to the assessment & management of the rotator cuff. I have published numerous peer-reviewed papers relating to the rotator cuff and am regularly invited to national and international conferences to discuss this topic.
In addition to my clinical and research experience, I have a background in education having previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and gained a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching. While continuing to pursue a programme of research, I supervise MSc and PhD students and am also an associate editor for BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
To date my research has largely focused upon the assessment and management of lumbar spine and shoulder disorders and I have undertaken primary and secondary research in these areas. I am interested in developing these themes further, particularly in relation to the promotion of effective self-management strategies for musculoskeletal disorders.
My teaching interests lie in research methods, critical appraisal and all aspects of musculoskeletal rehabilitation including therapeutic exercise and strategies to facilitate self-management, particularly in relation to the rotator cuff.
I currently co-supervise two PhD students:
- Anna Lowe: ‘Promoting physical activity in physiotherapy practice’.
- Adrian Malllows: ‘Predicting response to treatment in Achilles Tendinopathy’.
I would be interested in supervising further students interested in developing the physiotherapy related evidence base, particularly in relation to exercise and musculoskeletal disorders and implementation science.
I am co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation (http://ijptr.com). I am an associate editor for BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and also a peer reviewer for a number of journals including the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Manual Therapy, Physiotherapy, PLOS One, Shoulder & Elbow and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair
- Dose response of exercise for rotator cuff tendinopathy
- Development of a decision support tool for patients consulting a physiotherapist with rotator cuff disorder
Please click here to view a full list of Chris Littlewood's publications.
- Littlewood C & May S (2013) Understanding Physiotherapy Research. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Littlewood C, Bateman M, Brown K, Bury J, Mawson S, May S & Walters SJ (2016) A self-managed single exercise programme versus usual physiotherapy treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a randomised controlled trial (the SELF study).. Clin Rehabil, 30(7), 686-696. View this article in WRRO
- 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 rotator cuff repair: A systematic review. Shoulder & Elbow. View this article in WRRO
- Littlewood C, Mawson S, May S & Walters SJ (2015) Understanding the barriers and enablers to implementation of a self-managed exercise intervention: A qualitative study. Physiotherapy. View this article in WRRO
- Littlewood C, Malliaras P, Mawson S, May S & Walters S (2014) Patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy can successfully self-manage, but with certain caveats: a qualitative study.. Physiotherapy, 100(1), 80-85. View this article in WRRO
- Littlewood C, Malliaras P, Mawson S, May S & Walters SJ (2014) Self-managed loaded exercise versus usual physiotherapy treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a pilot randomised controlled trial.. Physiotherapy, 100(1), 54-60. View this article in WRRO
- Littlewood C, Ashton J, Scott E, Mawson S, May S & Walters S (2013) Developing the SELF study: A focus group with patients and the public. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 20(4), 200-206.
- Littlewood C, Malliaras P, Mawson S, May S & Walters S (2013) Development of a self-managed loaded exercise programme for rotator cuff tendinopathy.. Physiotherapy, 99(4), 358-362. View this article in WRRO
- Drew BT, Smith TO, Littlewood C & Sturrock B (2012) Do structural changes (eg, collagen/matrix) explain the response to therapeutic exercises in tendinopathy: A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine. View this article in WRRO
- Littlewood C, Ashton J, Mawson S, May S & Walters S (2012) A mixed methods study to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a self-managed exercise programme versus usual physiotherapy for chronic rotator cuff disorders: protocol for the SELF study.. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 13, 62. View this article in WRRO
- Littlewood C, Ashton J, Chance-Larsen K, May S & Sturrock B (2012) Exercise for rotator cuff tendinopathy: A systematic review. Physiotherapy, 98(2), 101-109. View this article in WRRO