Professor Michel Coppieters: What’s new in neurodynamics? Movement for people with neuro-musculoskeletal pain.
The effective management of neuropathies, such as radiculopathy and cubital tunnel syndrome, remains challenging. Recent discoveries revealed local and remote neuro-immune responses following nerve entrapment.
These remote responses include the dorsal root ganglia, spinal cord and brain. Insight in these widespread changes has helped us understand the complex clinical presentation of patients with neuropathies, the suboptimal diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests and technical investigations, and often poor treatment outcomes.
However, it also forms the foundation and justification for various exercise interventions, such as neurodynamic and aerobic exercises. In this presentation, we will reveal pathobiological mechanisms, how interventions can reverse these, and what he clinical evidence (efficacy) is for various types of intervention for various conditions, such as nerve-related neck and back pain.
Michel Coppieters has long been intrigued by neuropathic pain. He had the opportunity to research this topic during his doctoral studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and later as a post-doc and academic at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He directed the Neuropathic Pain Research Group, which aimed to (1) increase the evidence for the clinical diagnosis and management of patients with neuropathic pain, and (2) gain a better insight in the pathophysiology of neuropathies.
Following three years as Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Program Director of the Master of Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he returned to Australia in 2017 and is now Professor at Griffith University. He continues to lecture and research the ‘Neurobiology of pain’ and the ‘Clinical diagnosis and management of patients with neuropathies’.
Michel presents frequently at national and international conferences and has published widely on the topic of neuropathic pain and neurodynamics. Delivering NOI courses is an ideal way to disseminate new findings and trends directly to clinicians.
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