Dr Lucy Thomas

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy)

Career Summary

Biography

Lucy Thomas qualified as a physiotherapist in the UK. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy at The University of Sydney and a Masters of Medical Science from the University of Newcastle. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2013 with a thesis entitled 'Minimising Risk factors for Cervical spine manipulation' under the supervision of Professor Chris Levi and Professor Darren Rivett.  Her current research is investigating craniocervical dissection and the safety of manual therapy in the cervical spine. Lucy is a lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She also works as a consultant in private practice in Newcastle. Dr Thomas's has a particular interest in the differentail diagnosis and treatment of neck pain, headache and dizziness. She has presented in the area of craniocervical arterial dissection at national and international conferences and has published in this area.

Research Expertise
Current research study includes: Assessment of patients with craniocervical arterial dissection Assessment of craniocervical arterial blood flow using magnetic resonance imaging



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Medical Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • cervical spine
  • craniocervical arterial dissection
  • dizziness
  • musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • neck pain
  • pre-manipulative screening
  • vertebrobasilar insufficiency

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110699Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified35
110399Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified65

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 28/01/2014LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
14/07/2007 - 18/12/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2009 - 31/12/2011Membership - NSW Branch Committee, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy AustraliaNSW Branch Committee, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia
Australia
1/01/2003 - 31/12/2006Membership - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (NSW Branch) committeeMusculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (NSW Branch) committee
Australia
1/01/1986 - Membership - Musculoskeletal physiotherapy AustraliaMusculoskeletal physiotherapy Australia
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2012Thomas, L., Rivett, D. & Bolton, P. (2003). Changes in vertebral artery blood flow during neck rotat
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Thomas L, Rivett DA, Osmotherly PG, McLeod L, 'The effect of end-range cervical rotation on vertebral and internal carotid arterial blood flow and cerebral inflow: A sub analysis of an MRI study.', Manual Therapy (in press), - (2015)
DOI10.1016/j.math.2014.11.012
Co-authorsPeter Osmotherly, Darren Rivett
2014Thomas LC, Rivett DA, Parsons M, Levi C, 'Risk factors, radiological features, and infarct topography of craniocervical arterial dissection.', International Journal of Stroke, 9 1073-1082 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00912.xAuthor URL
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Mark Parsons, Chris Levi
2013Thomas LC, Rivett DA, Bateman G, Stanwell P, Levi CR, 'Effect of Selected Manual Therapy Interventions for Mechanical Neck Pain on Vertebral and Internal Carotid Arterial Blood Flow and Cerebral Inflow', PHYSICAL THERAPY, 93 1563-1574 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.2522/ptj.20120477Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Chris Levi
2012Thomas L, Rivett DA, Parsons M, Levi C, 'Risk factors, radiological features and infarct topography of craniocervical arterial dissection.', International Journal of Stroke, 9 1073-1082 (2012)
DOI10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00912.x
Co-authorsDarren Rivett
2012Thomas L, Rivett DA, Attia JR, Levi CR, 'Risk factors and clinical presentation of craniocervical arterial dissection: A prospective study', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 13 1-6 (2012) [C3]
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Chris Levi, Darren Rivett
2011Thomas L, Rivett DA, Attia JR, Parsons MW, Levi CR, 'Risk factors and clinical features of craniocervical arterial dissection', Manual Therapy, 16 351-356 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2010.12.008
CitationsScopus - 18Web of Science - 14
Co-authorsChris Levi, Mark Parsons, Darren Rivett, John Attia
2009Thomas L, Rivett DA, Bolton PS, 'Validity of the Doppler velocimeter in examination of vertebral artery blood flow and its use in pre-manipulative screening of the neck', Manual Therapy, 14 544-549 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2008.08.007
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Philip Bolton
2009Thomas L, Rivett DA, Bolton PS, 'Comments in response to letter to the editor', Manual Therapy, 14 E7-E8 (2009) [C3]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2009.04.005
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Philip Bolton
2009Thomas L, Rivett DA, Bolton PS, 'Comments in response to letter to the editor by Karl et al. Manual Therapy 2009;14(6):e17', Manual Therapy, 14 E18 (2009) [C3]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2009.07.006
Co-authorsPhilip Bolton, Darren Rivett
2008Thomas L, Rivett DA, Bolton PS, 'Pre-manipulative testing and the use of the velocimeter', Manual Therapy, 13 29-36 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2006.11.003
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsPhilip Bolton, Darren Rivett
2008Thomas L, Rivett DA, Bolton PS, 'Comments in response to letters to editor regarding article: Thomas LC, et al. Premanipulative testing and the velocimeter. Manual Therapy (2007)', Manual Therapy, 13 E5-E6 (2008) [C3]
DOI10.1016/j.math.2007.09.010
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Philip Bolton
2005Rivett DA, Thomas L, Bolton PS, 'Pre-manipulative testing: where do we go from here?', New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 33 78-84 (2005) [C1]
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Philip Bolton
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Conference (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi C, 'The effect of selected manual therapy interventions for mechanical neck pain on vertebral and internal carotid arterial blood flow and cerebral inflow', APA 2013 Conference Abstracts eBook, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Chris Levi
2013Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi C, Stanwell P, Levi C, 'Recognition of patients presenting with or at risk of craniocervical arterial dissection: preliminary results of a prospective study', APA Conference 2013 Abstract E-Book, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Chris Levi
2012Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi CR, 'Risk factors and clinical features of craniocervical arterial dissection. Preliminary results of a prospective study', Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Quebec City, Canada (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsChris Levi, Darren Rivett
2012Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi CR, 'The effect of selected manual therapy interventions for mechanical neck pain on vertebral and internal carotid arterial blood flow and total cerebral perfusion', Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Quebec City, Canada (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsChris Levi, Darren Rivett
2012Thomas LH, Rivett DA, Parsons MW, Levi CR, 'Radiological features of craniocervical arterial dissection and topography of the resultant infarct: Relation with risk factors', International Journal of Stroke, Darling Harbour, Sydney (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsChris Levi, Mark Parsons, Darren Rivett
2011Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi CR, 'Risk factors and clinical presentation of craniocervical arterial dissection. A prospective study: Preliminary results', Physiotherapy: Abstracts, World Physical Therapy 2011, Amsterdam (2011) [E3]
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsChris Levi, Darren Rivett, John Attia
2011Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi CR, 'Risk factors and clinical presentation of craniocervical arterial dissection: Preliminary results of a prospective study', APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, Brisbane (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsChris Levi, Darren Rivett
2009Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi CR, 'Risk factors and clinical features associated with craniocervical arterial dissection', APA Conference Week Abstracts, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsDarren Rivett, Chris Levi
2009Thomas L, Rivett DA, Levi CR, 'Factors affecting the safety of cervical manipulation', Manual Therapy, Edinburgh, UK (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsChris Levi, Darren Rivett
2008Thomas L, Levi C, Rivett DA, 'Risk factors and natural history of craniocervical arterial dissection. Interactive poster presented.', 9th International Conference of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT) Absracts CD., Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsChris Levi, Darren Rivett
2008Thomas L, Bolton P, Rivett DA, 'Validity of the Doppler velocimeter for pre-manipulative screening of vertebral artery blood flow.', 9th International Conference of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT) Abstracts CD., Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2008)
Co-authorsPhilip Bolton, Darren Rivett
2008Thomas L, 'Validity of the Doppler velocimeter for pre-manipulative screening of vertebral artery blood flow', IFOMT 2008 Connecting Science to Quality of Life. Abstracts, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2008) [E3]
2005Bolton PS, Thomas LC, Rivett DA, 'Validity and reliability of the doppler velocimeter for pre-manipulative screening of vertebral artery blood flow', Proceedings 14th Biennial Conference Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia. (2005) [E3]
Co-authorsPhilip Bolton, Darren Rivett
2003Thomas L, Rivett DA, Bolton PS, 'Changes in Vertebral Artery Blood Flow During Neck Rotation', Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 13th Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia (2003) [E3]
Co-authorsPhilip Bolton, Darren Rivett
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$28,055

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20141 grants / $19,865

Seasonal variation in cervical arterial dissection$19,865

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding bodyNational Stroke Foundation
Project TeamDoctor Lucy Thomas, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Professor Darren Rivett
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301126
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20121 grants / $1,500

International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists 2012: Rendez-vous of Hands and Minds, Quebec City, Canada, 30 Sept - 5 Oct 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Lucy Thomas
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200583
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20091 grants / $4,990

Factors affecting the safety of cervical manipulation$4,990

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Lucy Thomas
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190274
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $1,700

IFOMT 2008 Connecting Science to Quality of Life$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Lucy Thomas
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188951
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Dr Lucy Thomas

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Physiotherapy

Contact Details

Emaillucy.thomas@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 8680

Office

RoomHE24
BuildingHunter
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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