Systematic Evaluation and Treatment of TOS CTJ Nashville TN Nov 2022

UE Track Courses

Course Description

15.25 Contact Hours/1.525 CCU

This course will facilitate therapists’ confidence in identifying and treating patients who present with adverse neural tension in the upper extremity. Course content covers clinical testing for disputed neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) and treatment techniques for the 3 biggest impairments related to neurogenic TOS: 1st rib elevation, poor scapular positioning, and posterior shoulder tightness.  Therapists will perform specific clinical testing, assessment and treatment of the 1st rib and posterior shoulder, as well techniques to improve resting scapular position and dynamic control to optimize blood flow to the upper extremity. If you treat patients with distal nerve compression syndromes, this course provides valuable information to optimize your clinical results!

Target Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA.

Educational Level: Intermediate

course outline – H&UE thoracic

Instructional Method

Our live courses are made up of lectures that are taught through audiovisual systems (Power Point / Keynote), and all course information is sent to participants before the starting day of the actual course for further review and discussion. The hands-on section is carried out through demonstration of techniques performed by the instructors, and then replicated by the participants under instructors’ supervision, guidance, and feedback. The hands-on section is evaluated by the instructors using an observable skills rubric.

Pre-approved in the following states

Contact to verify approval in your state. Please contact us if you hold a Florida license.

For Pre-Approvals see the PDF - Continuing Education Accreditations & Approvals Requested and/or Received by Organization: PDF File

  • Financial: The instructor(s) receive an honorarium for presenting this course.
  • Non-financial: The instructor(s) have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
  • We will not offer partial credit. Online courses: Passing an online exam and completing a course evaluation will be required to earn continuing education credit. Live courses: Participants must attend all the activities. Attendees must sign an attendance sheet for the course, placing their name, license number and state, and signature for both morning and afternoon attendance..

Objectives and Goals

By the end of the presentation, participants will:
  • Compare the 3 main passageways that can be involved with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS): scalene triangle, costoclavicular space, and thoraco-coraco-pectoral space through drawing matching surface anatomy on partners. (Foundational Knowledge)
  • Differentiate the two types of neurogenic/intermittent TOS clinical presentations: “compressors”: those who experience intermittent traction on the brachial plexus with overhead functional activities and “releasers”: those who experience more of their symptoms at night with sleep/rest. (Foundational Knowledge, OT Service Delivery)
  • Execute a clinical examination including the occupational profile and the following special tests: Roos test (Elevated Arm Stress Test), Cyriax release test, & Cervical Rotation Lateral Flexion test. (OT Service Delivery)
  • Demonstrate how to test and treat 1st rib limitations associated with TOS. (OT Service Delivery)
  • Distinguish between the different scapular faults and posterior glenohumeral capsule limitations that can contribute to TOS problems and interpret findings for treatment intervention planning. (Foundational Knowledge, OT Service Delivery)
  • Critique positions used for occupations that are mechanically harmful for the different presentations of TOS and create a selective treatment plan to reduce intermittent nerve compression based on evidence-based understanding of biomechanical principles. (OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge)


Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute - South Tower #3200
1215, 21st Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, 37232, United States


Ann Porretto-Loehrke

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Check In

November 12, 2022 7:30 am

Instruction Hours

November 12, 2022
8:00 am – 6:30 pm

November 13, 2022
8:00 am – 3:00 pm


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