Physio First: Education Day 2018

Friday 27 April by Professor Annina Schmid

East Midlands Conference Centre

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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Annina Schmid

Dr Annina Schmid is a Physiotherapist and a researcher at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK.

She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland in 2001, worked full time as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for several years and completed a Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology in Perth in 2005. That is where her interest in pain physiology and entrapment neuropathies sparked.

In 2008, she returned to Australia to focus on research by doing a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Her project entitled "Implications of mild nerve compression beyond the lesion site-Mechanisms and Interventions" consisted of a unique combination of human studies and experiments using an animal model of mild nerve compression.

Since the completion of her PhD in 2011, Dr Schmid is continuing her research into the pathomechanisms of entrapment neuropathies as a postdoctoral fellow with the aim to ultimately improve management of these patients. She has published widely and has won several competitive fellowships including the prestigious Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship to pursue her career at Oxford University under the supervision of Dr David Bennett and Prof Irene Tracey.

In addition to her research activity, Dr Schmid maintains a small weekly caseload of patients, teaches postgraduate courses internationally and holds a guest lecturing position with Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Further information on Dr Schmid can be found at

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Annina will be presenting her incredibly popular Reappraising Entrapment Neuropathies course at education day 2018 to give Physio First members one more opportunity to attend. this course will provide you with a mechanism-oriented approach that will enable you to understand and incorporate the latest pain physiology related to entrapment neuropathies into their diagnostic and treatment reasoning framework.

Course aims

  • 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 learn about the opportunities and challenges of a mechanism based diagnostic approach for patients with entrapment neuropathies
  • To design a management plan for patients with spinally referred pain
  • To perform a reasoning guided assessment in patients with suspected spinally referred pain

Through an improved understanding of the basic principles of pain physiology, this course focusses on the opportunities and challenges of a mechanism based diagnostic approach. The improved assessment skills and clinical reasoning framework will translate into a more effective management of patients with entrapment neuropathies. Understanding of the pain mechanisms at play will also improve prognostic decisions and will enable physiotherapists to make adequate decisions in regards to referrals for medical opinions.

Reading list

Schmid AB, Nee RJ, Coppieters MW. Reappraising entrapment neuropathies – Mechanisms, diagnosis and management. Manual Therapy 2013: 18(6):449-57.


Arrival and registration

8.15hrs to 9.15hrs  



Mechanisms of neuropathic pain and entrapment neuropathies




Mechanisms of neuropathic pain and entrapment neuropathies




Assessment: concept of gain and loss of function




Management: mechanism of action of commonly used interventions for entrapment neuropathies 


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Pre-course articles will be provided in the lead-up to Annina's course, along with a printed manual for note-taking.

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