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Maximizing Neural Mobility in the Upper Extremity (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

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Financial: Ann Porretto-Loehrke receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Ann Porretto-Loehrke is an instructor for the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine—US

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 57 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 22 Minutes

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Think outside of the box to optimize your outcomes with patients with upper extremity nerve entrapments. This webinar summarizes the current literature supporting the benefits of neural mobilization and how posture-related issues can contribute to distal nerve issues. Learn how to address soft-tissue restrictions along the infrasternal angle, latissimus dorsi, and hip flexors that can significantly contribute to adverse neural tension in the upper extremity. This course also covers the most up-to-date research regarding median nerve gliding for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Meet Your Instructor

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

Ann Porretto-Loehrke is a skilled clinician and dynamic instructor. She is the therapy manager of a large department at the Hand to Shoulder Center. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). She has extensive…

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1. The Benefits of Neural Mobilization

Chapter 1 goes over benefits of nerve gliding in general from a biomechanical and neurophysiological standpoint.

2. Opening the Soft-Tissue Container: The Game Changer

Chapter 2 will talk about posture issues related to upper extremity nerve entrapments. Viewers will understand the importance of opening the soft-tissue container to promote improved blood flow prior to initiating nerve gliding. Assessment and treatment of first-rib hypomobility and stiffness of the pectoralis minor, rectus abdominis, and hip flexors will be mentioned. Techniques that can be performed in the clinic will be demonstrated, as will ideas for home programs.

3. Neural Mobilization for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Chapter 3 will cover the systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines addressing neural mobilization for carpal tunnel syndrome. It will also introduce studies with specific techniques that can be easily implemented into practice. Finally, this chapter includes a question and answer session.

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