Plenary Session 6 - LIVE STREAM

Date/Time: Sat, October 9, 2021 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM

AAHS Presidential Invited: Compression Neuropathy in the Upper Extremity

Description:

Carpal tunnel release is the most common procedure performed by hand surgeons today. Success or failure depends on a complete system focused history and physical exam including motor strength evaluation of relevant muscle groups and a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of compressive neuropathy. The frequency of proximal median nerve compression such as Lacertus syndrome with carpal tunnel release has been the subject of recent symposia at ASSH, AAHS, and regional society meetings and Journal articles. Hand Therapists as well as hand surgeons should be cognizant of these additional diagnoses associated with compression neuropathy of not only the median nerve, but also the ulnar and radial nerves and lesions which maybe as far proximal as the brachial plexus (Parsonage-Turner Syndrome).

Objective(s):

  • Understand a relevant muscle motor strength evaluation in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Know the most common diagnosis associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Know and understand the relevant diagnosis and evaluations for radial and ulnar nerve compression in the upper extremity.

Speaker(s):

Nathalie Barr Lecture: Reflection and Change During Unprecedented Times

Description:

Unprecedented times provide an opportunity for reflection and change. ASHT has benefited from past leaders in our profession that have helped prepare us for the future by foreseeing changes that would impact the profession of hand therapy. Although COVID-19 could not be anticipated, past wisdom is able to guide us toward the future. Pearls from past leaders will be shared to help hand therapists think about what has been learned to determine if change can be incorporated into clinical practice. Commitment to change statements can predict actual change in clinical practice.

Objective(s):

  • The participant will understand the concept of commitment to change (CTC).
  • The participant will reflect on their personal goals and values to create a commitment to change
  • The participant will understand the relationship between relationship between the CTC and self-reported behaviors is critically important because the latter can be significantly related to actual behavior change