This presentation will help the audience to design an electrodiagnostic study to differentiate between these 2 diagnoses. Making an accurate diagnosis will help the patient understand his/ her prognosis better, and prevent unnecessary surgical treatment. It is helpful when writing a specific exercise prescription, and deciding whether it's something that the patient can do on his/ her own versus benefitting from more formal physical therapy to improve. The focus will be on individual cases, and if expanded to a session it would also include lower extremity problems. The session will highlight the importance of knowing the anatomy of the brachial plexus, designing an electrodiagnostic study specific for the patient's problem, learning techniques to assess proximal nerves, both sensory and motor, and interpretating data in a meaningful way for the referring physician.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the anatomy of the brachial plexus.
  • Differentiate between cervical root pathology and brachial plexus pathology with electrodiagnostic study.
  • Learn techniques to assess more proximal sensory and motor nerves.

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