Benjamin Boyd, DPTSc, PT, OCS
Samuel Merritt University
Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Boyd’s research interests include the mechanosensitivity of the nervous system during limb movement and function through the use of neurodynamic testing. This includes examination of the biomechanical properties of the nervous system through ultrasound imaging and physiological responses to peripheral nerve movement through electromyographic, symptomatic and range of motion examinations. In particular, he is interested in the effects of nerve injury on nerve mobility, sensitivity and limb function. Recent studies have included the impact of peripheral neuropathy and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus on lower extremity mechanosensitivity. His current research focuses on the alterations in muscle tone, symptom reproduction and limitations in mobility produced by specific limb movements in the upper and lower extremity in an effort to establish the response of the healthy and injured nervous system to movement.
Boyd BS, Wanek L, Gray AT, Topp KS. Mechanosensitivity during lower extremity neurodynamic testing is diminished in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and peripheral neuropathy: a cross sectional study. BMC Neurol. 2010;10:75.
Boyd BS. Normal inter-limb asymmetries and neurogenic responses during upper limb neurodynamic testing: implications for test interpretation. J Hand Ther. 2012;25(1):56-64.
Boyd BS. Psychometric properties of a hand-held inclinometer during straight leg raise neurodynamic testing. Physiother. 2012;98(2):174-179.
Legakis A, Boyd BS. The influence of scapular depression on upper limb neurodynamic test responses. J Man Manip Ther. 2012;20(2):75-82.
Topp KS, Boyd BS. Peripheral nerve: from the microscopic functional unit of the axon to the biomechanically loaded macroscopic structure. J Hand Ther. 2012;25(2): 142-151.
Boyd BS, Gray AT, Dilley A, Wanek L, Topp KS. The pattern of tibial nerve excursion with active ankle dorsiflexion is different in older people with diabetes mellitus. Clin Biomech. 2012;27(9):967-971.
Boyd BS, Villa PS. Normal inter-limb differences during the straight leg raise neurodynamic test: a cross sectional study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012;13:245.
Boyd BS, Topp KS, Coppieters MW. Impact of movement sequencing on sciatic and tibial nerve strain and excursion during the straight leg raise test in embalmed cadavers. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(6):398-403.
Smoot B, Boyd BS, Byl NN, Dodd MJ. Mechanosensitivity in the upper limb following breast cancer treatment. J Hand Ther. 2014;27(1):4-11.
Boyd BS, Dilley A. Altered tibial nerve biomechanics in patients with diabetes mellitus. Muscle Nerve. 2014;50(2):216-223.
Mechanosensitivity during lower extremity neurodynamic testing is diminished in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and peripheral neuropathy. Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Conference on Neurodynamics and the Neuromatrix, Nottingham, United Kingdom, April 16, 2010.
Nerve excursion and overall limb flexibility in people with Diabetes Mellitus. Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Conference on Neurodynamics and the Neuromatrix, Adelaide, Australia, April 28, 2012.