NDET: Neurodynamics Examination and Treatment


This course is intended to assist the therapist in musculoskeletal tissue differential diagnosis as it relates to nerve pathology. We will utilize the standard procedural flow with emphasis on concordant signs specific to nerve tissue pathology. We will discuss the biomechanics of normal nerve function followed by the pathophysiology and pathomechanics of nerve dysfunction. We will cover diagnostic and medical considerations as well as precautions and contraindications during evaluation and treatment. The therapist will be able to understand and differentiate between peripheral and central sensitization. Spinal, upper extremity, and lower extremity entrapment sites will be discussed as it relates to clinical pathology. Case studies will be discussed to help the therapist differentially diagnose and initiate treatment on these spinal and extremity pathologies. He/she will also be able to educate the patient and develop a home treatment protocol. Significant lab time will be devoted to special testing of nerves, neurologic differentiation of nerve dysfunction, and palpation.

  • The therapist with demonstrate understanding of basic normal and abnormal pathphysiology of nerves.
  • The therapist will demonstrate understanding the basic normal and abnormal pathomechanics of nerves.
  • The therapist will be able to evaluate at least 4 differences between nerve compression and irritation.
  • The therapist will be able to perform a functional special test on each nerve covered from the cervical and lumbar plexus into the periphery.
  • The therapist will be able to evaluate degrees of impairment in the nerves of the upper and lower extremity.
  • The therapist will be able to evaluate at least 5 functional movement impairments of the nerves of the brachial and lumbar plexus.
  • The therapist will be able to develop and perform at least 4 treatment plans for cervical, lumbar, upper extremity, and lower extremity dysfunctions.

Day  1

  • 8-8:15 Introduction and contents
  • 8:15-9:15
    • Diagnostic/Medical Considerations
    • Precautions/Contraindications
    • Definitions
      • Mechanical Interface
      • Neural Structure
      • Innervated Tissue
    • Normal Physiology
  • 9:15-10
    • Pathophysiology: Dysfunctions
      • Mechanical Interface
      • Neural
      • Innervated
    • Stages of nerve sensitivity
      • Peripheral sensitization
      • Central sensitization
    • Nerve damage and Recovery
  • 10-10:15 Break
  • 10:15- 12
    • Lab: Differential Dx: UQ/LQ Entrapments Sites
    • Palpation
  • Lunch 12-1
  • 1-2:15
    • Lab: Functional motion testing of the Lumbar spine and lower quarter
  • 2:15-3:00
    • Lab: Special tests of the cervical spine and upper quarter
  • 3-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-5:30
    • Lab: Special tests of the lumbar spine and lower quarter

Day 2

  • 8-9:45
    • Summary of Findings
    • Case Study 1: Cervical
    • Interventions
      • Therapist
      • Patient treatment
    • Home programs
  • 9:45-10 Break
  • 10-12
    • Case Study 2: Upper Quarter
    • Interventions
      • Therapist
      • Patient treatment
    • Home programs
  • Lunch 12-1
  • 1-3
    • Case Study 3: Lumbar
    • Interventions
      • Therapist
      • Patient treatment
    • Home programs
  • 3-3:15 Break
  • 3:15-5:30
    • Case Study 4: Lower Quarter
    • Interventions
      • Therapist
      • Patient treatment
    • Home programs

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Neurodynamics Examination and Treatment (Franklin, TN)

Jun. 24, 2023 -Jun. 25, 2023
Franklin, TN

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