This course is offered in partnership with Treatment 2 Go Exploring Hand Therapy, an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  In this exciting 5 contact hour interactive course the clinician will learn ways to evaluate proximal problems that may result in distal symptoms. These evaluation strategies will help determine if the symptoms are distal or if there is a complex of upper quadrant problems such as: neck, shoulder, postural or scapular dysfunction. This course will describe the neural continuum as well as special tests to determine what nerve structure is involved. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and performing upper extremity neurodynamic testing.  @ HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

Neurodynamics of the Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment Strategies



Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. Susan has presented nationally and internationally in upper and lower extremity dysfunctions as well as pain management. Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. Her most recent publications are “Graded Motor Imagery” in the Journal of Hand Therapy 2011, a chapter on “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome” in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes by Elsevier in 2011 and the Spinal Cord injury, Central Nervous System, Brachial Plexus chapter in “Hand Rehabilitation a Quick Reference Guide and Review” 4th Edition in January 2019. Ms. Stralka has held numerous state and national offices with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Arthritis Association. In 2009, Susan was recognized by the Arthritis Association as Volunteer of the Year. Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. With the goal of providing the best rehabilitative care to patients, Stralka continually recruits and supports innovative clinical programs to benefit future patients. Susan has been in practice as a Physical Therapist since 1971 and she is now part time clinician and lecturer. She has lectured nationally and international with 200 plus presentations.

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Neurodynamics of the Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment Strategies : It’s Not Just About The Hand

Course Description

The student will be exposed to incorporating both clinical and home treatment strategies. Note: This course provides conceptual preparation to seek additional training, and does not provide you a mentored hands-on skills session. Please seek additional experience, with a mentor, to perform hands-on skills. Mixed level learning course – Instructional Methods include PowerPoint presentation, lecture, and video to enhance understanding. Upon successful completion of the examination (80%) your certificate will be sent via email

Course Outline

  • To provide basic information on the mechanics and physiology of the nervous system which is essential for movement of the upper extremity
  • To provide a basic understanding of neuroanatomy and neurodynamics as they relate to neuro gliding in the upper extremity
  • To describe the neural continuum and ways to test the continuum in the upper extremity
  • To differentiate between neural and new neural tissues
  • To view the performance of techniques by utilizing sliders or tensioners so that movement is created
  • To identify anatomical and palpable areas in the upper extremity so the course of the nerve may be determined
  • To identify the characteristics of pain mechanism-
      • Nociceptive Pain
      • Peripheral Neurogenic
      • Central Sensitizations
  • To identify the relationship of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction in the upper extremity
  • Review how to carry out both subjective and physical neurodynamic test in the upper extremity
      • Describe pain syndrome
      • Review the relationship between pain and myofascial trigger points
      • Identify points of neuro movement limitations
  • Review the relationship of neurovascular and musculoskeletal dysfunction so a treatment strategy can be developed
  • Review how to evaluate the subjective examinations and physical examination to determine an appropriate treatment program for home use

Approval Info

CEUs: .5 FL/AL Live 20-171426
Contact Hours: 5 CA approved 6 hours 40-H28

6.25 NBCOT® PDUs
Domain of OT, Occupational Therapy Process

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