Title: Reappraising entrapment neuropathies: Pathomechanisms, diagnosis and management

Dates: 19-20 September 2020
Course leader: Annina Schmid and Colette Ridehalgh
Cost: £218-£270


About the course

Entrapment neuropathies are the most common peripheral nerve disorders. 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 as well as the conflicting 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 patients with entrapment neuropathies. Focus will thereby be placed on patients with spinally referred pain.

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 tests. Participants will also be competent in designing a targeted intervention for different subgroups of patients with spinally referred pain and can confidently interpret changes associated with the delivered intervention.


Osteopathic practice standards and other CPD elements covered

B Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2, B3

C Safety and quality in practice C1


Learning outcomes

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 understand the clinical framework for subgrouping different types of spinally referred pain
To be competent in designing a targeted intervention for patients with entrapment neuropathies and to interpret changes associated with the delivered intervention


Day 1  Dr Colette Ridehalgh

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 09:50  Introduction

09:50 – 10:45  Pathomechanisms of entrapment neuropathies: loss of function

10:45 – 11:05  Coffee break

11:05 – 12:30  Pathomechanisms of entrapment neuropathies: gain of function, widespread gain of function

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00  Screening, assessment and diagnosis: questionnaires, bedside neurological examination, quantitative sensory testing in a manual therapy setting

15:00 – 15:20  Coffee break

15:20 – 17:30  Screening, assessment and diagnosis continued: neurodynamic assessment and its role in the assessment of patients with entrapment neuropathies


Day 2  Dr Annina Schmid

09:30 – 09:45  Recap of Day 1

09:45 – 10:45  Masqueraders of entrapment neuropathies

10:45 – 11:05  Coffee break

11:05 –12:30   Management: efficacy of manual therapy treatments for patients with entrapment neuropathies.

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00  Management: case studies and practical sequences

15:00 – 15:20  Coffee break

15:20 – 17:00  Mechanisms of action of commonly used interventions for entrapment neuropathies

17:00 – 17:30 Final questions


About the course leaders

Associate Professor Annina Schmid is a consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist and a neuroscientist affiliated with the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK. She qualified as a physiotherapist in Switzerland in 2001 and obtained a Master in Manipulative Physiotherapy from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia before completing a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland in Brisbane in 2011.

Annina’s research is an exciting and unique combination of basic and clinical science which is aimed to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of neuropathic pain and entrapment neuropathies to ultimately improve management of these patients. Annina has presented her work at leading international and has published her work widely including publications in leading clinical (e.g., Brain, JOSPT, Eur J Pain) and basic science journals (e.g., eLife, Nature Genetics). Dr Schmid’s research contribution is recognised by the award of several grants, awards and competitive fellowships including the prestigious Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

In addition to her research activities, Dr Schmid teaches postgraduate courses related to pain and neuroscience internationally. She also maintains a weekly caseload as a specialist musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Further information can be found at www.neuro-research.ch.

Dr Colette Ridehalgh is a Senior Lecturer at the University for Brighton where she teaches Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has an MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a member of the Musculoskeletal association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). She completed her PhD in 2014 entitled Straight Leg Raise treatment for individuals with spinally referred leg pain: exploring characteristics that influence outcome. She has published a number of peer reviewed articles and presented this work at national and international conferences. She recently been awarded a Rising Stars Grant from the University of Brighton which is allowing her to explore sub-profiling of individuals with spinally referred leg pain. For Colette’s full profile see https://research.brighton.ac.uk/en/persons/colette-ridehalgh.

Pre-course reading

Schmid AB, Nee RJ, Coppieters MW. Reappraising entrapment neuropathies--mechanisms, diagnosis and management. Man Ther. 2013;18(6):449-57.

Schmid AB, Hailey L, Tampin B. Entrapment Neuropathies: Challenging Common Beliefs With Novel Evidence. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018;48(2):58-62.


Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.