Masterclass: MDT Management of Radicular Syndrome

This 2-day course presents the theory and application of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy as applied in the examination and treatment of patients with spinal and/or related radicular symptoms. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation and management of lumbar and cervical radiculopathies.

The pathologies that can lead to radiculopathy will be described and the clinical elements of each discussed. The role of injections and surgery will be discussed, including the role of MDT in postoperative management. The differential diagnosis of other causes of symptoms in the limbs will be explored.

Material will be presented through a mix of oral presentations, interview presentations, case study analysis and group problem solving.  Clinicians who have some experience in the application of MDT in the context of spinal pathologies, will find this course particularly interesting and challenging.

Course Objectives

Through active participation in the training, participants will develop their ability to:

  1. Describe the natural history of degenerative changes involving the spine and their relationship to the pathology of the nerve root.
  2. Discuss the natural history of spinal disorders and the role of conservative treatment and surgical treatment.
  3. Compare and contrast the signs and symptoms of somatic pain referred to the limb, from that arising from the involvement of a nerve root.
  4. Identify patients with radicular symptoms that will respond to MDT management and set up an individualized management program.
  5. Identify patients with radicular symptoms who do not respond to MDT and who require further medical investigations, interventions and / or surgical evaluations.

Total Course time: 14 hours (face to face)

MDT CPD Points

This course is worth 5 MDT CPD points for Credentialed and Diplomaed clinicians.


Participants must have completed at least Part C of the MDT Education Program.

Participants should be familiar with the MDT assessment forms and terminology.