Alasdair Rathbone

Alasdair Rathbone

Clinical Fellowship Funding Recipient

University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre


Dr. Rathbone was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He attended McMaster University to study Kinesiology followed by Western University in London, Ontario for his medical degree. Dr. Rathbone is currently completing his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

He has been interested in electrodiagnostics, neuromuscular medicine and pain management since early in his training. In residency, he has developed skills in interventional pain management and electrodiagnostics. Dr. Rathbone is excited to undertake fellowship training to improve his skills in neuromuscular medicine. His research interests have focused on myofascial pain syndrome and quantitative electromyography.

Outside of work he is passionate about music (as a long time saxophone player), plants (he has over 100), playing hockey, history and spending time with his wonderful partner. He hopes to return eventually to Kingston to practice.

Dr. Alisdair Rathbone is one of three recipients of the NMD4C, MDC, and CSCN Clinical Fellowship funding competition, which awarded national clinical fellowships in neuromuscular medicine and electromyography.

Recent Publications

Cheung, K, Rathbone, A, Melanson, M, Trier, J, Ritsma, BR, Allen, MD et al.. Pathophysiology and management of critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2021.130 (5)1479-1489 PMID:33734888

Kumbhare, D, Singh, D, Rathbone H, A, Gunn, M, Grosman-Rimon, L, Vadasz, B et al.. Ultrasound-Guided Interventional Procedures: Myofascial Trigger Points With Structured Literature Review. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2017.42 (3)407-412 PMID:28277418

Rathbone, ATL, Grosman-Rimon, L, Kumbhare, DA. Interrater Agreement of Manual Palpation for Identification of Myofascial Trigger Points: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Clin J Pain. 2017.33 (8)715-729 PMID:28098584

Grosman-Rimon, L, Clarke, H, Chan, AK, Mills, PB, Rathbone, ATL, Kumbhare, D et al.. Clinicians' perspective of the current diagnostic criteria for myofascial pain syndrome. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2017.30 (3)509-514 PMID:27858678

Kumbhare, DA, Grosman-Rimon, L, Rathbone, AT. Poster 164 A Cross-Sectional Survey of Physicians and Registered Massage Therapists Regarding Myofascial Pain Syndrome Diagnostic Criteria. PM R. 2016.8 (9S)S215 PMID:27672928

Rathbone, AT, Kumbhare, DA. Re: Signs and Symptoms of Myofascial Pain: An International Survey of Pain Management Providers and Proposed Preliminary Set of Diagnostic Criteria. Pain Med. 2016.17 (3)620 PMID:26814273

Rathbone, A, Henry, J, Kumbhare, D. Comment on: A critical evaluation of the trigger point phenomenon. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2015.54 (6)1126-7 PMID:25832612

Rathbone, AT, Tharmaradinam, S, Jiang, S, Rathbone, MP, Kumbhare, DA. A review of the neuro- and systemic inflammatory responses in post concussion symptoms: Introduction of the "post-inflammatory brain syndrome" PIBS. Brain Behav Immun. 2015.46 1-16 PMID:25736063

Kumbhare D, Mian N, Singh D, Rathbone A, Auger A. Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Cavanagh Syndrome: A Literature Review and Proposed Electro Physiologic Protocol. Journal of Pain Management & Medicine. 2017 June; 2(3):125

Rathbone A, Grosman-Rimon L, Kumbhare D. A Cross-Sectional Survey of Physicians and Registered Massage Therapists Regarding Myofascial Pain Syndrome Diagnositic Criteria. CAPM&R 2016; 2016.

Rathbone A, Grosman-Rimon L, Kumbhare D. A Pilot Study of the Test Characteristics of Physical Exam for Myofascial Trigger Points and the Role of Physical Exam and Ultrasound in Prediction of VAS and NDI. CAPM&R 2016; 2016.

Grosman-Rimon L, Rathbone A, Vadasz B, Kumbhare D. A Reliability Study of Ultrasound Detection of Myofascial Trigger Points. CAPM&R 2016; 2016.

Rathbone A, Ritsma B, Faris M. Cavanagh Syndrome (Congenital Thenar Hypoplasia) Presenting As An ALS Mimic. CAPM&R 2020; 2020.

Rathbone A, Allen M, Ruggles D, Ritsma B. Electromyography and Myofascial Pain: Past, Present and Future – A Narrative Review. CAPM&R 2020; 2020.