Ilmoittautuminen A/Prof Annina B Schmidin kurssille on alkanut



Ilmoittautuminen A/Prof Annina B Schmidin Reappraising entrapment neuropathies: Mechanisms, diagnosis and management -kurssille on alkanut.

Suosittu kurssi pidetään 8.-9.9.2018 Sokos Hotel Flamingossa, Vantaalla. Kurssikielenä toimii englanti. 

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Annina Schmid is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and an Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK. She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland in 2001 and completed a Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology in Perth in 2005 and a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia in 2011. Her research consists of a unique combination of both basic science and clinical studies, which aim to further our understanding of the pathophysiology of entrapment neuropathies with the ultimate aim to improve management of these conditions. Given her background as a Physiotherapist, Annina has a unique ability to translate and explain complex pathophysiology with a focus on its relevance to clinical practice. Annina has published widely in leading clinical and basic science journals (e.g, Manual Therapy, Brain, European Journal of Pain, E-life, Nature Genetics) and has won numerous competitive fellowships, grants and awards. She regularly teaches international postgraduate courses to disseminate the latest evidence to clinicians. Further information on Annina and her work can be found at


Course Objectives:

- To enable the participants to understand the basic principles of  pain physiology associated with entrapment neuropathies and to incorporate this knowledge into their reasoning framework

- To be familiar with the practical performance and interpretation of  bedside neurological testing and quantitative sensory testing methods in the context of entrapment neuropathies

- To be competent in designing a targeted intervention for patients with entrapment neuropathies and to interpret changes associated with the delivered intervention


Entrapment neuropathies are the most common peripheral nerve disorders and a condition that is frequently seen by Physiotherapists.  They are caused by pressure and/or irritation of peripheral nerves and nerve roots as they travel through narrow anatomical spaces. Common conditions include cervical or lumbar radiculopathies, carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome. Diagnosis and treatment of entrapment neuropathies are often challenging. This can in part be attributed to a limited understanding of the pathophysiology of the diverse symptoms and signs (e.g., numbness, pain, allodynia, motor deficits, paraesthesia etc) as well as the conflicting (and often confusing) evidence regarding treatment of these patients. This course aims to provide a detailed insight into recent scientific advances in regards to the pathophysiology, assessment and conservative management of entrapment neuropathies.

Participants will be updated on recent advances in the understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms underlying entrapment neuropathies. I will discuss the scientific evidence for mechanisms such as neuro-inflammation in the peripheral and central nervous system, myelin and axon degeneration or cortical changes and put them in relation to common symptoms and signs in patients with entrapment neuropathies. An improved understanding of underlying pathomechanisms will not only facilitate a targeted assessment of these patients, but will also have implications for the management and prognosis.

In a second part of the course, I will discuss how clinical tests may assist in identifying and differentiating the underlying pathomechanisms if interpreted in the context of loss or gain of function. In practical sequences, participants will learn skills that will go well beyond bedside neurological testing and neurodynamic testing. A focus will be placed on quantitative sensory testing and how it can help diagnosis as well as treatment planning in a therapeutic setting. We will also highlight how these methods and other screening tools (e.g. questionnaires) can help to differentiate neuropathic from non-neuropathic pain in patients with suspected entrapment neuropathies.

The third part of this course concerns the management of patients with entrapment neuropathies. This part will include an update on the scientific evidence for the efficacy and benefit (or lack thereof) of physiotherapeutic interventions in the management of patients with these pain disorders.

Upon completion of the course, participants will have a deep understanding of potential pathomechanisms at play in patients with entrapment neuropathies. They will know how to differentiate the dominant mechanisms in individual patients using methods beyond the commonly used neural integrity and neurodynamic tests. Participants will also be competent in designing a targeted intervention for patients with entrapment neuropathies and can confidently interpret changes associated with the delivered intervention.