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

Ann Porretto-Loehrke Instructor Bio:

Ann Porretto-Loehrke is a skilled clinician with a passion for teaching and clinical treatment of upper extremity disorders. She serves as the clinical development coordinator at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. 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). Ann received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1994 and completed a postprofessional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation in 2007. She is also certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). Ann is a lead instructor who codeveloped the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of six manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. She coauthored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand & Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes of the elbow and forearm, as well as published two peer-reviewed articles entitled "Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wrist" and "Taping Techniques for the Wrist" in the 2016 Journal of Hand Therapy's special edition of the wrist. Ann has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists (CSHT) Annual Conference, The Philadelphia Meeting, TRIA's Hand Therapy Conference, and Teton Hand Conferences.

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Ann Porretto-Loehrke's Continuing Education Courses

Identification and Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Identification and Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

What do I do with patients that hurt all over? Why do carpal tunnel symptoms seem to keep coming back? This course is designed to assist practicing therapists in identifying key features of thoracic outlet syndrome and provide guidance…

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Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Where to Begin

Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Where to Begin

Now that you've determined that your patient has disputed neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), what should be addressed first? This course will provide a step-by-step process for how to address your patient's impairments at the…

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Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Addressing Shoulder and Upper Thoracic Limitations

Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Addressing Shoulder and Upper Thoracic Limitations

Now that you've determined that your patient has disputed neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), how should you address issues at the shoulder and upper thoracic spine? Following the first TOS course, this course addresses limitations…

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Differential Diagnosis of Lateral Elbow Pain

Differential Diagnosis of Lateral Elbow Pain

Why is treating a "simple" tennis elbow diagnosis sometimes so difficult? This course will help guide you through a systematic approach to evaluating a patient with lateral elbow pain to identify the pain-generator. Determining the patient's…

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Treatment of Lateral Elbow Pain

Treatment of Lateral Elbow Pain

Why is treating a "simple" tennis elbow diagnosis sometimes so difficult? Let this course help to guide you through a systematic approach to addressing impairments found within the clinical examination. This course provides the tools…

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Forearm Rotation Limitations Post Trauma

Forearm Rotation Limitations Post Trauma

This course is part of our CHT Prep Program. Learn more about the full prep program here: MedBridge CHT Prep Program.

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Nerve Compression Syndromes of the Elbow and Forearm

Nerve Compression Syndromes of the Elbow and Forearm

How can I differentiate my patient's nerve complaints at the elbow and forearm? Sharpen your skills with evaluating and treating conservative and post-operative management of peripheral nerve compressions at the elbow and forearm! This…

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Assessing the Elevation Chain

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Assessing the Elevation Chain

What do I do with patients that hurt all over? Why does the carpal tunnel symptoms seem to keep coming back? This course continues with the examination process for disputed neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome with emphasis on joint-specific…

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Manual Therapy Techniques to Address Stiffness at the Elbow

Manual Therapy Techniques to Address Stiffness at the Elbow

Have you ever been frustrated with a stiff elbow that doesn't seem to move no matter how much you try? Because of the close articular congruency of the elbow, loss of motion can sometimes occur even with a small trauma. This course covers…

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Manual Therapy Techniques to Address Stiffness for the Wrist

Manual Therapy Techniques to Address Stiffness for the Wrist

This course is part of our CHT Prep Program. Learn more about the full prep program here: MedBridge CHT Prep Program.

Distal radius fractures are a common diagnosis that hand… Read More

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Manual Therapy Techniques to Address Stiffness at the Thumb

Manual Therapy Techniques to Address Stiffness at the Thumb

Stiffness at the thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint can occur as a result of trauma, as seen with fractures at the base of the first metacarpal, and can also be present in the early stages of osteoarthritis (OA). Get reacquainted with…

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Maximizing Neural Mobility in the Upper Extremity (Recorded Webinar)

Maximizing Neural Mobility in the Upper Extremity (Recorded Webinar)

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

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format… Read More

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Proximal Screening for the Hand Therapist

Proximal Screening for the Hand Therapist

Video Runtime: 49 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 28 Minutes

Have you had a patient who underwent a carpal tunnel release three months ago, only to return to your clinic with the same symptoms? Do you suspect there is… Read More

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Manual Therapy Techniques for Finger Stiffness

Manual Therapy Techniques for Finger Stiffness

Video Runtime: 62 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

Finger fractures and dislocations, often due to sports-related or occupational injuries, are common diagnoses seen in the hand therapy clinic. These injuries… Read More

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