Dr. Chris Littlewood

Assessment & Management of the ‘rotator cuff’; an evidence-based approach by Chris Littlewood, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials

This one day course is aimed at all clinicians who wish to develop their understanding of the ‘rotator cuff’. The course provides an opportunity for enquiring clinicians to explore current research findings and what this means for clinical practice. The course offers a mix of learning opportunities including lectures, discussion, reflective case study and practical demonstrations. Topics covered include assessment & diagnosis, appropriate use of terminology, understanding pain, and treatment/management. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their current practice and consider how any new learning might be integrated for the benefit of themselves and their patients.


  • To develop a research-informed approach to the assessment & management of the ‘rotator cuff’
  • To gain understanding of the practical application of a simple assessment & management framework for the ‘rotator cuff’
  • To recognize limitations in current knowledge and avenues for further research
  • To explore current thinking in relation to pain and the ‘rotator cuff’
  • To develop understanding of other treatment approaches, including surgery and corticosteroid injections, in non-responding patients
  • To further develop skills of reflective practice.

Who is 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 rotator cuff tendinopathy. 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 supervises MSc and PhD students and is also currently an Associate Editor for the journal Shoulder & Elbow.   He has lectured and facilitated courses across the UK, Europe, and Australia.

He has published widely in the field of musculoskeletal disorders, examples of recent publications include:

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

What others have said about Dr. Chris Littlewood:

  • ‘It was such a good course and we all really enjoyed it, it certainly generated a lot of conversation and thought, which is just what we wanted.’
  • ‘Great day with @PhysioChris talking RC tendons. Challenges many beliefs and biases. Recommended for all MSK practitioners. Thanks Chris.’
  • “It was so nice to listen to Chris and feel connected to the research world which often is perceived as being far away from us. “
  • “I thought the day was very good. Chris was very clear, his presentation was methodical and easy to follow- and made sense! I really feel it will change my practice and gave me a lot of food for thought around tendinopathy management in general, not just at the shoulder.” 

REGISTRATION IS NOT OPEN YET. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page if you would like to notified when registration opens so you will be able to take advantage of the limited number of early bird discount prices.

CURRENT DISCOUNT: $250.00 (limited discounted seats available)


  • One Accord Physical Therapy
  • 2020 N. Central Ave. Suite L100
  • Phoenix, AZ 85004

Date & Class Schedule:

  • Oct. 27, 2018
  • Registration:  7:30 – 8:00
  • 8 – 5 each day  (Lunch on your own.  Water and coffee will be provided.)

PREREQUISITES: Licensed PT, MD, DO, DC or NMD or a student enrolled in a PT, MD, DO, DC or NMD program in their second year of study or attending with a licensed professional. Please bring proof of licensure or enrollment to class.