Paul Bonzani is an assistant clinical professor in the department of occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire. He teaches the human movement and adult development courses in the required curricula and elective courses in upper extremity rehabilitation/orthotic fabrication and physical agent modalities. Additionally, he co-teaches a course on the psychobiological manifestations and management of the human stress response. Paul obtained his CHT credential in 1991 and continues to practice in addition to his educational responsibilities. Finally, Paul has authored multiple textbook chapters and review articles on varied upper extremity rehabilitation topics including, functional anatomy, tendinopathy management, elbow rehabilitation, and mobilization orthoses.
The unique neuroanatomy and mechanics of the brachial plexus is examined creating a foundation for effective assessment and management of brachial plexopathies. Assessment and management of traumatic brachial plexus injuries follows the anatomic review. This section includes a discussion and review of both adult and pediatric injuries, surgical options including nerve and free muscle transfers in addition to tendon transfer reconstruction. Post-surgical rehabilitation regimes for each surgical option are presented. The course ends with a review of brachial plexus compression through the thoracic outlet and a hands-on examination and intervention lab for thoracic outlet syndrome management. A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants completing this CEU requirement.
At the completion of this course participants will be able to:
Describe the anatomical and biomechanical principles governing brachial plexus assessment and management.
Describe the physiological timing of functional recovery from surgical reconstruction of brachial plexus injuries and create effective post-operative rehabilitation programs.
Describe a thoracic outlet syndrome assessment and plan an appropriate therapeutic intervention.
Demonstrate 3 corrective activities/exercises to enhance functional performance for an individual with thoracic outlet syndrome.
Learning outcomes will be assessed during hands-on lab sessions via observation and demonstration of skills, and during question and answer sessions.
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8:00 – 8:10am
Introduction/Course objectives and overview
8:10 – 8:45am
Brachial plexus: Anatomic and biomechanical review
8:50 – 9:30am
Pediatric Brachial Plexus injuries: Klumpke vs. Erb’s presentation
9:30 – 9:40am
9:40 – 10:30am
Adult brachial plexus injuries: Surgical options and post-operative management.
10:30 – 12:00pm
The thoracic outlet: Assessment and intervention
12:00 – 1:00pm
1:00 – 4:30pm
Brachial plexus: Assessment and intervention lab. This includes:
Provocative testing and patterns of TOS
Postural assessment and interventions for correction
Muscle length assessment and soft tissue mobilization techniques
Corrective activities and suggestion for home management
Neural track assessment and mobilization for the sensitized nervous system