Physio First: Education Day 2018

Friday 27 April by lecturer Seth O'Neill

East Midlands Conference Centre

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Physiotherapy Lecturer

Seth O'Neill

Seth has studied his PhD at the University of Leicester which is entitled ‘a Biomechanical Approach to Achilles Tendinopathy Management’.

Within this Seth has identified prevalence rates of tendinopathy in UK runners and developed a greater understanding of risk factors surrounding Achilles tendinopathy. His later work has completed a more in-depth analysis of how tendinopathy affects the Plantarflexors. This has focussed on how the strength and endurance is affected and which of the Plantarflexors is most involved. This work has highlighted the involvement of the Soleus. His current work is attempting to understand how important this may be in the development and treatment of tendinopathy.  His long term aim is the development of a more optimal rehabilitation strategy for tendinopathy.  

Managing tendinopathy -  should you use isometric, eccentric or concentric loading?  Every day or alternate days? How heavy? To stretch or not to stretch? And are we treating the symptoms or the driver? What are the risk factors, and just what is going on in the tendon? To answer these questions, hear the latest evidence and practical management from physiotherapist Seth O’Neill; lecturer, researcher and clinician.

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This course will highlight mechanisms to improve patient referrals and uses the current and emerging evidence base to inform the practical management of patients with lower limb tendinopathy.

Summary of content

  • Aetiology of tendinopathy
  • Pain in tendinopathy
  • Risk factors for tendinopathy
  • Loading - what is it and is it useful?
  • Measuring impact - proving effectiveness and gaining patients in private practice.
  • Managing the person not the disease - what do we need to change?


Learning outcomes

The training session will utilise a mix of teaching styles – problem based learning, lectures, seminars, brain storming, practical workshops and background reading.

This course aims to bring the science and art of managing people with tendinopathy together and will lead to greater:

  • Understanding of the aetiology of tendinopathy - tensile and compressive loads
  • Awareness of Pain and tendinopathy - considering the evidence and the patient
  • Awareness of risk factors for tendinopathy and how to target these.
  • Understanding of treatment options - particularly loading and load management
  • Clinical skills necessary for successful tendinopathy treatment - managing the person not the disease
  • Understanding of why can management fail and how to prevent this


Course timetable


Arrival and registration


Aetiology of tendinopathy – the clinical relevance

•  Risk factors for tendinopathy

•  Pain in tendinopathy


Coffee and questions


•  Clinical diagnosis

•  Treating the whole person

•  Treatment and why it works




•  Practical management (measuring and monitoring care)

•  Load – what is it and how should we progress?


Coffee break


Adjuncts – imaging, taping, ECSWT, orthotics and injections