Neurodynamic Assessment and Treatment: An Evidence-Based Approach

Name of Sponsor
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship

Instructor(s) / Speaker
Dr. Bob Nee, PT, PhD, MAppSc

Bob is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in physical therapy at Boston University in 1985, a Master of Applied Science in manipulative physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 1993, and a PhD in physiotherapy at The University of Queensland in 2012. His PhD research investigated the value of neurodynamic techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of nerve-related neck and upper limb pain and has been published in international peer-reviewed journals. Bob has over 20 years of clinical practice experience in orthopaedic manual therapy and over 15 years of experience in entry-level, post-professional, and residency/fellowship education.

Target Audience
Physical therapists

Course Level

Course Description/Objectives:
Course Description:
Physical therapists commonly use neurodynamic techniques to examine and treat patients with a variety of nerve-related problems. New research is providing insight into the value of neurodynamic techniques for diagnosing and treating these conditions. This course will present and discuss the latest available research related to the diagnostic validity of neurodynamic tests, the benefits and harms of neurodynamic treatment for nerve-related problems, and clinical characteristics that may help select patients who are likely to improve with neurodynamic treatment. The lecture and lab format will help participants further develop and refine their thinking and manual skills related to neurodynamic testing and treatment techniques. A case study will provide an additional opportunity to discuss the clinical application of course material.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the proposed grading system for diagnosing nerve-related pain (peripheral neuropathic pain).
  • Discuss the available evidence on the validity of using neurodynamic tests to diagnose peripheral neuropathic pain.
  • Apply the neurodynamic tests for the median, radial, and ulnar nerves, the straight-leg-raise and slump tests, and the side-lying slump test and identify when a neurodynamic test is considered ‘positive’.
  • Discuss strategies for determining how relevant a ‘positive’ neurodynamic test is to managing an individual patient’s condition.
  • Discuss the available evidence on the benefits and harms of neurodynamic treatment for nerve-related pain (peripheral neuropathic pain).
  • Perform selected neurodynamic treatment techniques for patients with nerve-related pain (peripheral neuropathic pain).
  • Discuss strategies for determining how to incorporate neurodynamic treatment into the overall management of an individual patient’s condition.

Course Date(s)
December 6, 2015 (Sunday)

Course Location
Kaiser Oakland Medical Center. 3701 Broadway, Oakland, Rehab Services Department, 2nd floor


To obtain more information contact:
Vanessa Labson
Phone:  510-675-4259

How to register:

Deadline date for registration
December 1, 2015

Pre-registration is required.

Cancellation Policy:  If you need to cancel your registration, please send your request in writing to

Approved # of CEU’s
0.60 CEUs / 6.0 Contact Hours