The primary aim of this thesis was to assess the differences in response to a 3 x 1 minute
SLR tensioner treatment between 3 sub-groups of individuals with spinally referred leg
pain (somatic referred pain, radicular pain and radiculopathy).
Preliminary studies of the 3 outcome measures were required prior to the main study.
These were: validity of the method to measure nerve excursion using ultrasound
imaging (UI) which was assessed in pig nerves; repeatability of sciatic nerve excursion
during a side-lying modified SLR measured with UI in the posterior thigh, and
repeatability of pressure pain thresholds (PPT) and vibration thresholds (VT). The 3
outcome measures were repeatable and the sciatic nerve excursion technique was valid.
Sixty seven participants were placed into one of the 3 sub-groups and further assessed to
identify the presence of central sensitisation (CS). Five questionnaires were completed
by participants to assess disability and psychological characteristics. Sciatic nerve
excursion, PPT and VT were measured prior to and after a 3 x 1 minute SLR tensioner
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