Ross Lenssen – Physiotherapist
Ross graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Physiotherapy from Auckland, New Zealand in 2008 and relocated to Melbourne commencing work at LifeCare Prahran Sports Medicine where he works full time.
Ross has a special interest in shoulder injuries and to a lesser extent spine injuries. Ross has a very close working relationship with shoulder physiotherapist Lyn Watson since early 2009. Lyn has closely mentored Ross with regards to shoulder injuries and he is now a well-established shoulder physiotherapist and a member of Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapists Australia (SEPA). He manages many of Lyn Watson's clients, particularly when she is away teaching or is temporarily unavailable. Ross has also developed relationships with shoulder surgeons across Melbourne, but particularly with surgeons at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.
Ross has assisted several colleagues with their PhD research including randomised controlled trials for low back pain and shoulder instability. He facilitated both Sarah Warby and Lyn Watson with their research in shoulders and Ross commenced his own part time Doctorate in late 2013 on shoulder impingement. He expects to finish his Doctorate in 2022.
Since 2014 Ross has been teaching some Level 1 shoulder courses which Lyn Watson developed. He otherwise tutors regularly on the Melbourne courses when Lyn is teaching. He also presented at the APA conference in Melbourne 2013, at the Melbourne APA Sports Level 2 course in both 2013 and 2014, and at he international shoulder and elbow society (SESA) in 2015.
Within Lifecare Ross organises the new graduate training program, which involves monthly mentoring for first, second and third year physiotherapists within the Lifecare network. He also closely mentors several physiotherapists within the wider Lifecare network specifically for managing shoulders.
Outside of work Ross is married to Elise with two children.
Ross has co-authored in the following publications:
Frietag, J., Lenssen, R., Slimmon, D., Balster, S. (2014). The effect of platelet-rich plasma injections in the non-surgical treatment of a pertial rotator cuff tear. Int J Case Rep Images 2014; 5(7):524-530
Bleichert, S., Renaud, G., MacDermid, J., Watson, L., Faber, K., Lenssen, R., Saulnier, M., Phillips, P., Evans, T., Sadi, J. (2017). Rehabilitation of symptomatic atraumatic degenerative rotator cuff tears: A clinical commentary on assessment and management. Journal of Hand Therapy; 30(2): 125-135.